Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Placement

Indication
Patients with kidney failure who need dialysis and can perform the steps required for using the abdomen to dialyze.


Preoperative Evaluation
First a kidney specialist (nephrologist) determines that the patient needs dialysis. The abdomen is evaluated by history and physical examination to be sure there is no problem that excludes a patient from this type of dialysis.

Procedure
Under general anesthetic, the catheter is passed through a tunnel created under the skin and then into the lower portion of the abdominal cavity.

Length of Stay
Outpatient.

Recovery
Two to three days. The catheter can be used within three to four weeks.