How you prepare

You'll receive training on what peritoneal dialysis involves and how to use the equipment.

You'll also need an operation to insert the catheter that carries the dialysate in and out of your abdomen. The insertion might be done under local or general anesthesia. The tube is usually inserted near your bellybutton.

After the tube is inserted, your doctor will probably recommend waiting at least two weeks before starting peritoneal dialysis treatments to give the catheter site time to heal. Complete healing of the catheter site can take up to two months.