(316) 263-5891
(800) 234 4565 ** FAX (316) 263-3083

VASCULAR ACCESS CENTER

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
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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.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN ACCESS PROCEDURE

  • Your dialysis unit or nephrologist may refer you to the access center and make an appointment for you.
  • You should dress comfortable and bring your insurance cards.
  • When you arrive, a nurse will interview you and help you complete the necessary paperwork
  • The physicians and nurses at the center are specially trained to evaluate and manage dialysis access problems. They will work closely with your doctor.
  • Your access will be examined, your vital signs (e.g., blood pressure) will be taken, and your medical history will be reviewed. This information is important in determining the best approach for resolving your access problem.
  • The doctor performing the procedure will discuss with you the best choice of medications to make you comfortable during the procedure
  • Your treatment will take place in a sterile procedure room designed specifically to manage end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and their access site issues. Generally the total evaluation and treatment can be completed using only one or two needles.
  • Most procedures take less than 45 minutes.
  • After spending a short time in the recovery area, you will be given instructions for any required follow-up care.
  • You will then be able to return home, or to dialysis treatment, and resume your normal schedule.
  • A complete report will be sent to your doctor and your dialysis unit.

TYPES OF TREATMENT PROCEDURE

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!

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