Creation of vascular access
Dialysis shunts and port systems
In order to perform dialysis in patients with renal dysfunction, a special vascular access is required. As a rule, this is an artificial connection between an artery and a vein (shunt). If the vessels are poor and a shunt is no longer possible, artificial vessels can also be implanted. In addition, the shunt‘s functionality must be checked regularly for signs of wear. For this reason, we are in permanent contact with the dialysis surgeons, in order to be able to carry out corrective interventions and revisions of the dialysis shunt.
Alternatively, we place a special catheter in the atrium of the heart, which performs the same function as a shunt. Almost all procedures can be performed under local anesthesia and without general anesthetic.
To perform chemotherapy or artificial nutrition, we create a so-called port system. This is a catheter system, which is pushed through a vein to a vessel close to the heart. In this way, nutrients or aggressive medications, which can not be introduced via an arm vein, can be delivered to the venous system safely and without irritation.