Vascular access is an important passageway to the bloodstream created by a minor surgery to be used for dialysis treatment. High quality access will allow the full benefit of dialysis to help the patient feel as well as possible.
After Vascular Access Surgery
After vascular access surgery, ideally your access should heal, mature, and be ready to use. However, in some cases, a second surgery may be required before it is ready to be used. This can include an elevation, translocation, or transposition procedure, to essentially make an access stable and more easily accessible.
Your surgeon will usually be able to inform you ahead of time if a second procedure is necessary so that you have time to discuss before scheduling your initial surgery.
Maintaining Your Vascular Access
An important part of the entire process is maintaining your vascular access so your treatments can go as smoothly as possible.
It is vital that you attend all of your follow-up appointments. This way, if there is a problem, it can be detected early-on to prevent the risk of access failure.
In addition to this, you should be doing the recommended exercises provided to you, to strengthen the muscles of your arms and increase blood-flow, which allows your access to work appropriately.
As you would with any other surgical process, be sure to keep your access clean. Wash and pat dry your arm thoroughly every day, and right before each treatment. Watch the area for any abnormalities like redness or swelling. If you experience any pain, tell your doctor immediately.
Premier Vascular Access & Imaging Center
Premier Vascular Access & Imaging Center in Knoxville is focused on providing exceptional care for patients and their families. We offer comprehensive on-site diagnostic expertise and educational services to patients who are dealing with kidney disease.
Our Access Coordinator, Meghan Mencer, has provided helpful resources for our Vascular Access patients. Download them below: