Peritoneal Dialysis University for Surgeons

Program Description

Program Description

PD (Peritoneal Dialysis) University for Surgeons provides a two-step approach to training General Surgeons to place catheters for peritoneal dialysis using laparoscopic techniques. The first step is a series of comprehensive lectures covering all aspects of creating and maintaining PD access. The second step, and highly recommended portion, is the Hands-on Training Course that includes stations designed to provide the surgeon with a comprehensive overview of placing PD catheters. Although it is not required to attend the Virtual course to advance to the Hand-on Training portion, it is highly recommended.

The Virtual Course is provided on-demand. The lecture topics are organized in a logical fashion, one subject building upon the previous, and therefore we suggest that they be viewed in the prescribed sequence.

The Hands on Training Course is the second step and includes Hands on Training Stations designed to provide the surgeon with a comprehensive overview of placing PD catheters. Participants will have the opportunity in small groups to learn how to assess patients for the correct PD catheter, insertion and exit site locations; perform advanced laparoscopic techniques to help prevent complications; practice techniques for implanting 2-piece extended catheters for upper abdominal and presternal exit sites; execute proper techniques for primary externalization of catheters and embedding catheters for delayed exteriorization; and learn to make appropriate catheter tubing attachments and properly immobilize the catheter at the time of surgery.

The limited capacity of the HOT course provides the opportunity for increased interaction with experts in the field and establishes opportunities for continued professional interactions.

These courses are designed for surgeons with basic surgical experience, including sterile techniques (glove/gowning) and administering local anesthesia, dissection, and suturing. Surgery residents in training are welcome.

The Hands on Training course will require a separate registration and will have a separate registration fee. The Hands on Training course will offer CME.


Virtual Course

  • Didactic Lectures On-Demand
  • Comprehensive training on Image Guided PD Catheter Placement
  • Great knowledge base before attending Hands on Training
  • CME not available

Hands on Training

  • Hands-on learning sessions for laparoscopic PD Catheter insertion
  • Maximum capacity of 20 physicians per course
  • Course held in Tampa, Florida
  • CME
  • Move information coming soon


Lecture Title


Peritoneal Dialysis as Renal Replacement Therapy: Basic Concepts and Clinical Indications and Contraindications for Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Insertion


Preoperative Assessment, Planning, and Preparation: Principles and Best Practices for Creating Reliable Long-Term Access

John H. Crabtree, MD

Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Implantation: Surgical Approaches for Creating Long-Term Peritoneal Access

Rockson Liu, MD

Special Peritoneal Access Methods: Extended 2-Piece Catheters and Catheter Embedding

John H. Crabtree, MD

Managing PD Catheter Complications: Salvaging Catheters from Infectious and Mechanical Complications

Peter T. Kennealey, MD, FACS

Station I

Catheters and Preoperative Mapping

Station II

Laparoscopic Rectus Sheath Tunneling and Omentopexy

Station III

Extended Catheters for Upper Abdominal and Presternal Exit Sites

Station IV

Subcutaneous Tunnel Track Construction, Catheter Embedding, Externalization of Embedded Catheters, and Secondary Embedding

Station V

Catheter Immobilization and Dressings

We gratefully acknowledge the following
for their support of this activity

Baxter Healthcare - Unrestricted Educational Grant


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