When you’re on dialysis, vascular access is important for good flow of blood for adequate cleaning of waste products. The experienced team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group has been taking care of dialysis patients since 1978 and not only places vascular access at their state-of-the-art facilities but offers ongoing management. If you live in or near San Antonio, make an appointment by phone.
Vascular access refers to the opening that’s created in your arm that allows for the flow of blood in and out of your body when you’re on hemodialysis. Your blood flows through a special machine that acts like your kidneys to help clear your blood of waste and fluid.
In order to be able to take your blood and put it back, the vascular access must be connected to a vein and an artery.
There are three types of vascular access:
The central venous catheter can be used right away. However, the team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group only recommend the central venous catheter for short-term use.
Both the graft and fistula require time to heal. After placement of these types of vascular access, the team goes over how to take care of them while they heal. This might include how often to change your bandage and how to shower.
Once your vascular access has healed, the team starts using it for your hemodialysis.
Due to the nature of vascular access, it’s important that you take measures to keep it clean to prevent infection.
The team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center teaches you how to check your vascular access pulse, which is called a thrill.
You should call the team at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center if:
If you need help managing your vascular access, book an appointment by phone.