This study involves our vascular lab technologist using ultrasound to show us the quality of veins. This helps us plan the best place to put a fistula or graft.
We place a fistula in the arm but it can take weeks until it is ready to be used. We call this process "fistula maturation". Sometimes it is necessary to study the fistula by doing an angiogram to find a reason why the fistula isn't maturing properly. The side branches can be coiled or ligated.
Complete Catheter Services
Central Venous Access Placement for Temporary Use - There are times when the need for dialysis is more urgent than fixing the fistula or graft. We can place a catheter in the neck, chest or groin. We also insert catheters for dialysis, and portacaths for chemotherapy and nutritional support. Most catheters and portacath's can be removed at the Center.
More than 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and millions more are at risk and don't know it. Since kidney disease can sneak up without any warning in the way of symptoms, the disease has been labeled a "silent killer" and a "quiet epidemic."