Interventional radiology plays an increasingly valuable role for dialysis patients, offering a minimally invasive approach to their ongoing, specialized care. These procedures provide vascular access while also addressing complications that can disrupt timely treatment.
Angioplasty for Fistulas and Grafts - Dialysis patients are often treated through the use of fistulas and grafts, which are created by physicians to optimize blood flow and allow easier access to the veins. When these blood vessels become clogged or narrowed, the interventional radiologist uses angioplasty to clear the blockage. During the procedure, a balloon is inserted into the vessel and inflated to open the fistula or graft. A stent is often left behind to maintain the opening.
Insertion/Removal of Tunneled Dialysis Catheters - Prior to the creation of fistulas and grafts, dialysis patients may be treated on a temporary basis through tunneled catheters. The interventional radiologist inserts a thin, flexible tube into a major blood vessel to avoid delays in treatment.
Insertion/Removal of Medication Catheters - In some cases, dialysis patients require a separate, specialized catheter to receive medications into the bloodstream. The device is inserted and removed by an interventional radiologist.
For more information about these services or to schedule a consultation, call our CVIL at (973) 831-5352.