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Dialysis

 

dialysisVessel Mapping
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.

 

 

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Fistula
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.

 

catheterComplete 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.

 

Chronic Kidney Disease -
A Growing Problem

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."

 

 

DIALYSIS Terminology

Fistula
A fistula used for hemodialysis is a direct connection of an artery to a vein. Once the fistula is created it is a natural part of the body. This is the preferred type of access because once the fistula properly matures and gets bigger and stronger; it provides an access with good blood flow that can last for decades. After the fistula is surgically created, it can take weeks to months before the fistula matures and is ready to be used for hemodialysis. People with kidney disease can do exercises including squeezing a rubber ball to strengthen the fistula before use.
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Grafts
Graft If you have small veins that won't develop properly into a fistula, you can get a vascular access that connects an artery to a vein using a synthetic tube, or graft, implanted under the skin in your arm. The graft becomes an artificial vein that can be used repeatedly for needle placement and blood access during hemodialysis. A graft doesn't need to develop as a fistula does, so it can be used sooner after placement, often within 2 or 3 weeks.
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Hemodialysis
Dialysis, also called hemodialysis, is the most common treatment for kidney failure. A dialysis machine is an artificial kidney designed to remove impurities from your blood. During dialysis, physicians use the dialysis access to remove a portion of your blood to circulate it through the dialysis machine so it can remove impurities and regulate fluid and chemical balances. The purified blood is then returned to you, again through the dialysis access. Learn More about Hemodialysis
Kidney Failure
Renovascular conditions affect the blood vessels of your kidneys, called the renal arteries and veins. When the blood flow is normal through your kidneys, your kidneys rid your body of wastes. The kidneys filter these wastes into your urine, which collects in your bladder, and from there the wastes exit your body when you urinate. Your kidneys also help control your blood pressure by sensing the blood pressure and secreting a hormone, called renin, into your bloodstream. The amount of renin secreted by your kidneys can help regulate your blood pressure if it is too high or too low. When your kidney blood vessels narrow or have a clot, your kidney is less able to do its work. Your physician may diagnose you with renal artery stenosis or renal vein thrombosis. Learn More about Kidney Failure
Dialysis
Dialysis, also called hemodialysis, is the most common treatment for kidney failure. A dialysis machine is an artificial kidney designed to remove impurities from your blood. During dialysis, physicians use the dialysis access to remove a portion of your blood to circulate it through the dialysis machine so it can remove impurities and regulate fluid and chemical balances. The purified blood is then returned to you, again through the dialysis access. Learn More about Dialysis

 



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