Michigan Vascular Access Center
Michigan Vascular Access Center (MVAC) opened its doors in September 2005. It was the first of its kind in the area to offer a comprehensive vascular service to patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). The Access Center office provides a one-stop location for patients in need of hemodialysis access, and for fistula maintenance.
WHY CHOOSE MICHIGAN VASCULAR ACCESS CENTER?
We specialize in providing reliable access, so that your nephrologist (kidney doctor) may treat you with hemodialysis. Whether you’re a first-time fistula, or have a complex access problem, we will find a solution to keep your dialysis flowing.
Our team of board certified vascular specialists is one of the oldest and largest groups of vascular surgeons in the country. The group’s vast experience adds great value to each patient’s care. We believe in a combined team approach, with nephrologists and dialysis units in order to deliver comprehensive care that provides excellent and compassionate service to our patients.
Our accredited noninvasive vascular lab is able to non-invasively evaluate the arteries and veins in order to plan the optimum fistula. Fistula, graft or central vein problems can also be corrected using minimally-invasive techniques in our fully equipped endovascular suite. Conscious sedation and monitoring is also available to ensure patient comfort.
In the past, patients with access problems would require numerous visits to various locations. This lead to duplicate testing and delays inappropriate treatment.
MVAC has developed a single-center concept. The patient can have all their access needs addressed and corrected immediately.
The center performs a variety of procedures such as diagnostic imaging of fistulas and grafts via duplex imaging and Doppler ultrasound. Repairs and/or minimally-invasive procedures using catheter-based techniques such as venougrams, fistulograms, percutaneous transluminal balloon angioplasty (PTA) are among the many daily procedures offered. Other common treatments are coil embolization of fistula side branches, graft declots, and hemodialysis catheter insertions and removals.