Dialysis Access

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

Every year more than 100,000 people in the United States start dialysis, which is a medical treatment that takes over the function of your kidneys when they fail. You need dialysis access to perform dialysis. The board-certified vascular, vein, and wound care specialists at Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, perform dialysis access procedures and offer ongoing maintenance and care. To schedule a consultation with the vascular experts, contact the office closest to you by phone or online today.

Dialysis Access Q & A

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is a medical treatment that takes over the functions of your kidneys when they no longer function as they should. Your kidneys remove waste and fluid from your blood. 

If you have kidney failure, waste and fluid builds up in your body, which may result in life-threatening health complications.

Dialysis removes blood from your body through a dialysis access port and sends it to a hemodialysis machine. The machine removes waste, excess chemicals, and fluids from your blood and returns it to your body.

What is dialysis access?

Dialysis access is the system that helps move blood from your body to the dialysis machine and back. There are many types of dialysis access devices, including:

AV fistula

An AV (arteriovenous) fistula is a type of dialysis access that joins an artery and vein in your arm. 

AV Graft

An AV graft is similar to the AV fistula. However, instead of using your arteries and veins, your vascular surgeon uses a plastic tube to connect the arteries and veins in your arm.   


A catheter is a tube inserted in a large vein either in your neck, leg, or chest. The catheter serves as a temporary form of dialysis access, and you may use it until your AV fistula or AV graft heals. 

The experts at Comprehensive Vascular Care specialize in the creation of your dialysis access and then provide ongoing 24/7 maintenance and care.

What happens during a dialysis access procedure?

The specifics of your dialysis access procedure may depend on the type of access you need. Your provider at Comprehensive Vascular Care reviews what you can expect at your consultation, so you know how to prepare.

Most dialysis access procedures occur in the outpatient setting using local anesthesia. However, depending on your health needs, an overnight hospital stay may be needed.


How do I care for my dialysis access?

Your vascular surgeon provides specific instructions on how to care for your dialysis access after placement. 

The medical team at your dialysis center also routinely checks your dialysis access before starting treatment. If problems arise and your dialysis access needs care, the experts at Comprehensive Vascular Care make themselves readily available to you.

For personalized and comprehensive care for your dialysis access, call Comprehensive Vascular Care, or book an appointment online today.