Know your options

peritoneal dialysis

Benefits of Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) may be the right treatment for you if you work, study or travel regularly and if it suits your lifestyle and medical and physical condition. Doing peritoneal dialysis (PD) at home increases the flexibility and independence of your life on dialysis. It can save you frequent trips to the hospital or clinic and gives you more freedom to do the activities you love.

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Is PD right for you?

You might have already heard about peritoneal dialysis (PD) as an option to treat your kidney disease.  When it comes to a more flexible treatment to meet your lifestyle needs, then PD may be the choice for you. 

You are not alone!

In a time when face-to-face visits and healthcare services may be a bit more challenging, being able to learn and make decisions about your chronic kidney disease (CKD) treatment between visits is important to keep you empowered.

Telehealth visits have become more popular with many health insurance companies making it easier and more affordable to connect with a clinician during these times.  Beyond virtual visits, when medical issues arise, your healthcare team can tell you more about other ways to access remote care to help you stay on top of your overall health.

In the meantime, through pdempowers.com you can get to know your options with access to the online resources and be prepared for when you are able to speak with your doctor.

Dr Gellen

Interview with a nephrology expert

Dr. Mary Gellens is a nephrologist and senior medical director at Baxter Healthcare Corporation. In her role, Dr. Gellens creates educational programming and collaborates with external investigators on research in the areas of peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy, nutrition and hospital products for the U.S., Canada and Latin America.  

Prior to joining Baxter, Dr. Gellens served as director of inpatient and outpatient dialysis at St. Louis University, where she managed the care of acute and chronic renal patients, provided education to medical fellows, residents and students, and participated in clinical research, particularly around end-stage renal disease. 

Dr. Gellens received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Smith College, her M.D. from the University of Florida and completed her nephrology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.