Vascular Access

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In some instances patients need long term intravenous access and we can provide this. This IV access can be used for long term antibiotics or in other instances for chemotherapy to treat a cancer.  Other times we can provide access for Hemodialysis in renal patients. Either way we do this in an outpatient setting and consists of a port under the skin attached to a catcher tracking in the subcutaneous tissues and entering, either the large vein in the neck (internal jugular) of the large being under the clavicle (subclavian vein).  Or it may be in the form of a tunneled catheter with ports for dialysis.

We usually have a preoperative evaluation at which time we then decide the best approach. 

The risks of these procedures are bleeding, infection, blood clots, extremity swelling, lung collapse or puncture.