Summary of In-center HD and PD



In-center Hemodialysis (HD)

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Treatment Basics

  • Uses a machine to clean the blood
  • Performed in a specialized dialysis center
  • Health care team does the treatment
  • Uses the peritoneum to clean the blood
  • Performed at home or wherever the patient is (example: workplace, vacation)
  • Patient does the treatment


  • Typically 3 times per week
  • Typically 3-5 hours per session
  • Every day
  • CAPD is usually done 3 to 4 times each day. Each exchange takes about 30 minutes. APD is done while the person sleeps, usually for 8 to 12 hours.

Side Effects

  • Pain from inserting needles
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Cramping
  • Feeling tired and washed out
  • Full belly
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble with sleeping

Daily Life

  • Transportation to the center
  • Travel out of town
  • Clean environment
  • Space for supplies
  • Travel out of town


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Research described on this web site was partially funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award (1109). The statements and views presented here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), its Board of Governors or Methodology Committee.