Dialysis Access Center

The kidneys are vital organs that keep the human body functioning properly. If a kidney is failing, your body will not be able to fully extract waste from the blood, which will cause your body to slowly shut down. However, there is a treatment that can perform the functions of a normal kidney to keep everything in order.

What is Dialysis?

dialysis fistula complication treatment bethlehem paThose who suffer from kidney failure need to visit their doctor to receive dialysis. Dialysis serves as a substitute for many of the functions of a kidney. It helps to regularly clean and filter your blood to prevent waste from building up.

Depending on the severity of kidney failure, patients may only have to receive dialysis treatment a few times. However, if the failure is severe, they will have to visit their doctor for dialysis every few days to complete daily activities.

Dialysis requires access to blood vessels. If there is no entryway to a blood vessel, there is no way for the dialysis to enter the bloodstream. There isn’t a way to naturally reach and open a blood vessel, so dialysis access is a required procedure for patients who are suffering from kidney failure.

PA Vascular Institute offers dialysis access treatments to patients who live in and around Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA, and surrounding areas. Our dialysis access center specializes in reaching and expanding blood vessels for permanent results.

What is Dialysis Access?

Dialysis access opens up blood vessels for dialysis to be performed.

At PA Vascular Institute, we offer two methods of dialysis access. The type of access you will receive depends on your personal preferences, needs, and condition.

Fistula
A fistula takes a piece of a vein from your arm or leg and sews it into a nearby artery. Therefore, an artery is joined with a vein. This allows the sewn-in vein to enlarge and become thicker. This is considered a very safe option because it has a low risk of infection.

When a fistula is created, the surgeon can either divide the vein and sew one end to the side of the artery or sew the two vessels side-to-side without having to divide the vein.

Graft
A prosthetic graft can be sewn between an artery and a vein in your arm or leg. This option is typically preferred if your veins are too small for a fistula.

Dialysis Access Repair

The frequency of dialysis access depends on if there are any complications. It is possible for blood vessels to close and become clotted after dialysis access, which results in the need for them to be opened back up with another treatment.

Though fistulas and grafts can be very effective, they may cause complications. The most common complication is clogging, which can cause clotting and low blood flow. When fistulas or grafts become clogged, dialysis cannot be performed. Therefore, access repair may be required. The dialysis access center at PA Vascular Institute offers access repair for those who need to fix complications in their fistula or graft.

This treatment is specially designed to reverse complications that arise from dialysis access. Angioplasty and stenting, a method of access repair, uses mechanical devices to re-open fistulas or grafts.

Dialysis Access Center

Whether you need dialysis access or access repair, we will carefully install or open fistulas and grafts to ensure that you are ready to receive dialysis. Our minimally invasive procedures fix clotted vessels and safely expand them to eliminate all complications. If you are a resident of Easton, Allentown, and Bethlehem, PA, or any surrounding PA areas and you are in need of a reliable dialysis access center, call PA Vascular Institute today for attentive care.