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DIALYSIS ACCESS MANAGEMENT

 

Dialysis Access Management

Patients who undergo dialysis require “access,” i.e. a graft or fistula for the blood to be dialyzed and then returned. If that access is compromised in any way, the life-saving dialysis could jeopardize one’s overall health. 

MVP physicians are experts in creating, maintaining, and improving access for dialysis utilizing minimally invasive procedures.

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The Mechanics of Dialysis

 

The purpose of dialysis is to do the job of the kidneys when they fail. That means removing the excess waste and fluids from the body and urine. These toxins need to be removed from the body before they travel through the bloodstream.

 

Dialysis Access Management


In order for the blood to travel back and forth from the dialysis machine, we must ensure the most efficient way to enter the vein. Our talented physicians focus on prolonging the life of the grafts and fistulas so every patient can get the treatment they need.

There are different ways dialysis access can be done:

  1. Arteriovenous Graft (AV Graft) – This graft is usually placed in the patient’s arm or leg.  This is the connection of a vein and artery with a hollow tube.

  2. Arteriovenous Fistula (AV Fistula) – This is an artificial connection made by a vascular surgeon from the artery to the vein.  This provides good blow flow for dialysis.