Vascular Access Treatment Procedures
Balloon Angioplasty treats the narrowing of the dialysis access point by widening the access opening & preventing clotting, the most common access problem. Following the injection of dye in the access site a small balloon & catheter are inserted & inflated expanding the vessel wall & improving blood flow.
Declotting/Thrombectomy is appropriate when an access point stops flowing, the result of the blood clotting. Similar to angioplasty, here the clot within the access is removed.
Catheter mechanics …without a functioning access point, patients typically require a catheter. Existing catheters can be maintained and new catheters can be inserted if that is the only option to restore blood flow.