There are times when a patient needs to get vascular access.
Vascular access is defined as obtaining direct access to a blood vessel for the administration of a drug into the system. This is usually done to avoid the constant poking and probing of the patients veins and causing more discomfort, pain and damage. Usually he device placed will have direct access to the central venous system. This assures a steady and full delivery of the medication that he/she requires.
The most common indication of this is for the delivery of chemotherapy to treat a cancer.
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1. Bleeding - this can happen as expected by accesing the blood vessls, but it is controlled and carefully monitored
2. Infection - this is a risk of any operation and specislly when a device is let in place. We provide wound care instructions and perform this under sterile conditions to prevent this from happening or minimize the risk.
3. Lung collapse - This can happen as the catheter is being inserted into the vein due to the proximity of the lung to the vessels under the clvicle. If this happened the patient would need to have a chest tube for 24 hours or until the lung expands.
4. Blood clots - This is a risk of any device that is inserted into the blood vessels and left for an extended period of time. This is called thrombophlebitis an it can lead to arm swelling that usually is transient and resolves if the catheter is removed or treated with blood thinners.

Lugo Surgical Group

150 Pine Forest Dr,,

Shenandoah, TX 77384

Phone. 832-377-5846