The Specialists of Michigan Vascular Center are dedicated to improving the quality of life for hemodialysis patients. Hemodialysis access for these individuals is an increasingly challenging field, and requires meticulous surgical and endovascular techniques in many cases.
Vascular access is a special passageway to your bloodstream, created by a minor surgery. It is a connection between an artery and a vein used for hemodialysis. A good access will allow you to get the full benefit of dialysis and feel as healthy as possible.
There are two types of permanent vascular access. Both types of access have one thing in common: to make it easier to reach your blood vessels for dialysis.
Vascular Surgeons are experts in the treatment of arteries and veins. We specialize in providing reliable access, so that your Nephrologist (Kidney Doctor) may treat you with hemodialysis. Whether you're referred for a fist time fistula, or have a complex access problem, we will find a solution to keep your dialysis flowing.
MVC surgeons have been serving the dialysis population of mid-Michigan for over forty years. They follow the "fistula first" initiative, which seeks to use natural vein fistulas as much as possible. They are also actively involved in several clinical trialsin the field of hemodialysis access.
Since September 2005, MVC has consolidated the diagnostic, decision-making and endovascular management of hemodialysis patients into the Michigan Vascular Access Center. This office is a "one-stop-shop" for AV fistula management, often saving the patient trips to multiple locations. A second office, MVCS, bringing the same capabilities to patients in Saginaw County opened in the Spring of 2013.
Maintaining a healthy fistula or graft is vital. Abnormal signs and symptoms to watch for are cold, numb or painful fingers or hand; arm or hand swelling; a change in the thrill of "buzz;" high venous pressure during dialysis; poor clearances; decrease in BFR (blood flow rate); or prolonged bleeding after dailysis.
Different types of testing and treatments may be necessary for the placement and preservation of your access. The following are examples of these tests.