Dialysis Access Management Specialist

Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC

Board Certified Vascular and Interventional Radiologist & Vascular Center located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY

When your kidneys aren’t working well and you need to start dialysis, you can rely on the comprehensive dialysis access management services available at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC. Board-certified physician Mohammed Islam, MD, and his team provide dialysis access procedures on-site at their offices in the Midwood area of Brooklyn and in Staten Island, New York. They customize your procedure to meet your needs and provide long-term assistance in caring for your access site throughout your dialysis treatments. To schedule a consultation for dialysis access management, call Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC, today or request an appointment online now.

Dialysis Access Management Q & A

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a medical treatment that helps filter waste from your blood when your kidneys aren’t functioning. The dialysis process involves circulating your blood through an external filtering machine, which removes waste and sends only clean blood back into your body.

In order to access your blood, you need to establish a port in your body. The Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC medical team creates an access point using either an arteriovenous (AV) fistula or an AV graft.

What’s the difference between an AV fistula and an AV graft?

An AV fistula involves the removal of a portion of a vein in your arm or leg. Your doctor at Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC, sews this vein to a nearby artery, causing the vein to enlarge and thicken. AV fistulas offer the lowest risk for infection and are a good option for many people.

An AV graft requires the placement of a special woven-plastic tube that connects the vein and artery. An AV graft is a good option for those with very small veins but does carry an increased risk for infections because of the prosthetic tube.

What dialysis access management services are available?

If your graft or fistula is lacking good blood flow, the Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC medical team can diagnose the issue through a fistulogram test and perform a minimally invasive balloon angioplasty. This procedure involves the placement of a tiny balloon into the narrow vein, which your doctor gently inflates to widen the blood vessel and improve blood circulation.

Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC, also offers minimally invasive de-clotting procedures if blood clots obstruct the vein.

How do I prepare for dialysis access surgery?

Your Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC provider gives you instructions before the day of your procedure. You shouldn’t eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to your surgery as you receive a sedative to keep you comfortable.

You spend time in recovery following your procedure to allow the sedation to wear off and must have a ride home.

To find out more about available dialysis access management services, call Vein and Vascular Solutions NYC or request an appointment online now.