When individuals suffer from kidney failure, they need dialysis to continue with their daily routines. Dialysis serves as a substitute for many of the normal functions of the kidneys. The frequency of dialysis procedures depends on the severity of a patient’s kidney condition.
To undergo dialysis, there needs to be access to a blood vessel. In order to gain access, one of several dialysis access methods is required. Blood vessels can be reached and expanded through a fistula or graft. While these methods are highly effective, they can cause significant complications.
The most common complications are clogging, blood clotting, and low blood flow. When fistulas or grafts become clogged, dialysis cannot be performed successfully. Therefore, further treatment is required.
What is Access Repair?
This form of treatment is referenced as “access repair.” Access repair fixes any of the complications that arise from dialysis access. Typically, image-guided interventions can treat these problems.
One treatment method, thrombolysis, requires a catheter to be inserted into an artery or vein and directed to the blockage. The blockage is dissolved by medication or a mechanical device to break up the clot.
Angioplasty and stenting are methods that use mechanical devices, like a balloon, to open fistulas and grafts. In some cases, after the balloon is removed, a stent (metal tube) may be required to keep the fistula or graft open.
At PA Vascular Institute, we offer access repair to residents of King of Prussia, Philadelphia, and surrounding areas. To fix any problems that have been caused by access so that you can properly receive dialysis, visit our facility for quick and safe access repair.
If your dialysis access was not successful or caused several complications to arise, call us today.