If you have kidney disease and need hemodialysis to filter your blood and do the job of your kidneys, you require vascular access. At Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, in Livonia, Michigan, the exceptional specialists offer vascular access management to ensure the process goes smoothly. Call the Detroit metropolitan area office to learn more or use the online booking feature today.
Vascular access is for hemodialysis, a treatment used for kidney failure. It removes blood using a specialized machine, filters it, and puts the cleaned blood back into your body.
A vascular access is a surgically made vein that removes blood and returns it to your body during hemodialysis. Having the access in place allows large amounts of blood to flow continuously, filtering as much of it as possible during each treatment session. Before you undergo hemodialysis, you should have a vascular access in place for several weeks.
Vascular access management at Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, places and helps you properly care for vascular access. If you’re not careful, infection or low blood flow associated with clotting can develop in the access.
To find out if you need vascular access for hemodialysis, your Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, provider reviews your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle habits, and preferences. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and often order blood tests like glomerular filtration rate (GFR), urine testing, or imaging procedures to diagnose your condition and develop a plan.
During vascular access management, you can expect:
The first step of receiving vascular access is to see a surgeon who specializes in creating the access. After numbing the treatment area and offering you a sedative, your specialist creates the access and might place a tube, called a catheter, in it.
To best manage vascular access, your Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, provider monitors you regularly and checks for signs of infections and other complications. Keep the treatment area clean and begin hemodialysis soon after the access is in place.
Take medication as instructed by your specialist, and use caution not to cut or bump the access area. Keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as tenderness, redness, or pus.
Don’t let anyone place a blood pressure cuff on the arm with vascular access, and avoid wearing tight clothes or jewelry near the access site. Don’t lift heavy objects, place pressure on the affected arm, or undergo hemodialysis until your specialist says it’s okay.
To take advantage of hemodialysis access management at Hypertension Nephrology Associates, PC, call the office or book a visit online today.