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Narrowed or blocked dialysis graft/fistula
Why it’s done:
Grafts and fistulas are surgically-created access routes for dialysis to treat kidney failure. These accesses can become narrowed or clotted, which limits their use for dialysis. Re-opening the graft or fistula restores its function.
How it’s done:
An interventional radiologist uses clot-dissolving drugs, balloons, stents, and other devices to remove the clot and treat any narrowings in the dialysis circuit.
Level of anesthesia:
Bleeding, infection, embolization (passage of clot into the adjacent artery), damage to the dialysis access
The dialysis access can be used immediately.
As needed for dialysis access maintenance
For More Information:
For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our IR physicians, please call 310-481-7545.