Vascular Access

Vascular Access

PICC(Perhipherally Inserted Central-line Catheter)

An implantable device placed in the upper arm ending in the largest vein of the body to provide a less invasive way to obtain long-term central venous access for regular or frequent administration of drugs like intravenous(IV) antibiotics.

port

Another type of implantable device similar to a PICC, but designed to be used for years. It is made from material that does not become infected easily and will remain in place if treated with proper care. It can be used for various IV fluids.

Dialysis and Fistula Graft/ Declotting and Interventions

Dialysis fistula/graft declotting and interventions are minimally invasive procedures performed to improve or restore blood flow in the fistula and grafts placed in the blood vessels of dialysis patients. Balloons and stents are inserted to improve bloodflow through the AV fistula.

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Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement and Removal

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are used to treat blood clots. Blood clots in the veins of the legs and pelvis can occasionally travel to the lungs where they may cause a large clot in the lungs called a pulmonary embolism. During the procedure, a filtering device is placed within, a large vein in the abdomen that returns blood from the lower body to the heart. IVC filters help reduce the risk of pulmonary embolism by trapping large clots and preventing them from reaching the heart and lungs. They have a high rate of success in patients who don’t respond to or cannot be given conventional blood thinners.