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« on: August 05, 2017, 08:10:38 AM »

I'd like to know if immediately following surgery for appendectomy or gall bladder or kidney transplant or any type of abdominal surgery, can you still do your exchanges or would you have to do hemo?  Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2017, 10:06:20 AM »

That is a question for your doctor.  Sometimes you are okay after an abdominal surgery, and sometimes it interferes with the PD catheter.  Your surgeon should be able to give you an answer for that.  It may also be a situation where you have to discontinue PD while you are healing and do hemo for a short time. 

I am a renal social worker.  I am happy to help answer questions, but please talk to your clinic social worker for specifics on your particular situation.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2017, 08:44:56 AM »

I agree with SmartCookie.  Talk to your doctor/surgeon.  And even once you've received an answer, it will normally depend on the outcome of the surgery.  I had heart surgery a few years ago and was told that I might have to go on hemo temporarily following the procedure.  When I was recovering, it was decided to instead just go ahead with PD. 

Also, many nurses in hospitals are unfamiliar with PD or only have limited experience with it.  Be prepared to "hold his/her hand" as they "assist" you with the process.  They may want to do steps differently than you.  You need to self-advocate because ultimately it is your body and care.

Good luck with your procedure!
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