Dialysis/Fistula/Graft/Catheter procedures

Dialysis fistula/graft declotting interventions in St. Louis


Dialysis fistula/graft declotting interventions are minimally invasive procedures performed to improve blood flow in the fistula and grafts placed in the blood vessels of dialysis patients.Dialysis is a process used to treat patients whose kidneys are not working properly. It involves a special machine and tubing that removes blood from the body, cleanses it of waste and extra fluid and then returns it back to the body.In order for a person to undergo dialysis, a physician first creates access to his or her blood vessel using one of three methods: a fistula, which is made by joining together an artery and vein to make a bigger high-flow blood vessel; a graft, in which a soft plastic tube is placed between an artery and a vein, creating an artificial high-flow blood vessel; catheter access, in which a narrow plastic tube is inserted into a large vein in the neck or groin.

Imaging Areas

arms and legs, blood, blood vessels, children, kidney, pelvis

Typical Preparations

Offices of Service & Attending Physicians

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