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.
Catholic Health offer services to insert and maintain vascular access for hemodialysis. We provide:
- Evaluation for the insertion of a vascular access
- Catheter insertion/exchanges
- Catheter removals
- Venography - this is an x-ray test used to determine placement of central venous catheters or hemodialysis fistulas.
- Doppler - this test evaluates how well the fistula is functioning.
- HeRO shunt insertion for patients who have exhausted hemodialysis access sites
- Minimally invasive shunt placements for patients who have no appropriate vessels for fistula creation
- Creation of arteriovenous fistulae (using your own veins for hemodialysis)
- Insertion of arteriovenous shunts (insertion of a plastic tube under the skin for hemodialysis in patients with vein problems)