Dialysis Fistula/Graft Interventions

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Our board-certified physicians diagnose and treat many vascular conditions. Call 310-481-7545 to learn more about interventional radiology services.

Treatment for:

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.

Three step diagram of dialysis fistula graft process

Level of anesthesia:

Conscious sedation


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.