One of the biggest problems facing dialysis patients is maintaining vascular access. Sometimes, even when patients are very careful, the access site may clot or become infected, and require immediate attention to re-open the site.
At the Dialysis Access Center (DAC) at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, we help patients with kidney disease manage their care and keep their access sites in good condition for uninterrupted dialysis treatments.
If you experience a problem with your access site, we can schedule your ultrasound and procedure in one visit. This one-day scheduling allows you to return to your home dialysis unit quicker with a functioning access and a plan for follow-up.
Most patients are in and out within a few hours.
The DAC is located on the 4th floor of the hospital. To make an appointment, please call (716) 819-9750.
Dr. George A. Blessios is the director of the DAC.
Hemodialysis is most commonly used to treat advanced and permanent kidney failure. In hemodialysis, your blood flows a few ounces at a time through a special filter that removes wastes and extra fluids. The clean blood is then returned to your body.
Before starting hemodialysis, a vascular access is needed; this is a site on your body from which your blood is removed and returned.
The three basic kinds of vascular access for hemodialysis are an arteriovenous (AV) fistula, an AV graft, and a venous catheter.
With peritoneal dialysis (PD), a soft tube called a catheter is used to fill your abdomen with dialysis solution, a cleansing liquid. Waste products and extra fluid pass from your blood into the dialysis solution that will pull wastes and extra fluid into the abdominal cavity. These wastes and fluid then leave your body when the dialysis solution is drained.
Blood clots or blockages may interfere with your dialysis. When fistulas and grafts become clogged or narrowed, they can prevent you from undergoing dialysis.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (716) 819-9750.