The Vascular Access Center is dedicated to assisting dialysis patients with access issues in a safe, clean and efficient manner. Our primary goal is to obtain the best possible results for you. We have three Physicians at our center that practice Interventional Nephrology, which involves evaluating and managing access sites used for dialysis treatments.
2630 N. Webb Rd # 200
Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 263-5891 • 1-800-234-4565
When your kidneys fail and can no longer remove waste from your blood, dialysis treatment can do this for you. This requires that you have a dialysis access — either a catheter for peritoneal dialysis (PD) or a vascular access for hemodialysis. Patients may experience difficulty with their access. Each year, a typical dialysis patient requires at least one access intervention. Access problems often result in missed dialysis treatments and can lead to hospitalization. Your physician can determine from routine monitoring whether your access is allowing for successful dialysis.
If the access is clotted, it may be impossible to open it and restore blood flow. When this happens, the physician may need to insert a catheter until other arrangements can be made.
Balloon Angioplasty: This procedure treats the most common access problem, which is narrowing (”stenosis”) of the access’s opening or of the blood vessel attached to it.
Declotting: If your access does stop flowing, it means that blood has clotted. This is treated with a procedure similar to angioplasty — the difference is that in addition to stretching the vessel wall, the blood clot within the access is removed.
Catheter Placement: If the access is clotted, it may be impossible to open it and restore blood flow. When this happens, the physician may need to insert a catheter until other arrangements can be made.
If you have any questions, please contact us!