Dialysis Access

Vascular Specialists

Vascular Surgeons located in Tinley Park, IL & Evergreen Park, IL

When you need dialysis to maintain kidney function, the team at Vascular Specialists in Tinley Park, Illinois and Munster, Indiana can create an arteriovenous fistula to provide access. You also benefit from regular monitoring and maintenance of this dialysis access. Call the office or book online to learn more about this FDA-approved Ellipsys® Dialysis Access System.

Dialysis Access Q & A

What is dialysis access?

Dialysis is a procedure that cleans and filters your blood when your kidneys fail. As it’s done for several hours at a time, multiple times per week, an easily accessible vein access point is required. At Vascular Specialists, the doctors evaluate the size and health of your veins to determine the best option for you.

How is dialysis access created?

Dialysis access is created with a minor procedure. The team creates a fistula or a graft, which increases blood flow and strengthens the vein to make your dialysis procedure more efficient and effective.

The doctors at Vascular Specialists also monitor the health and viability of this dialysis access port. Proper care of this access is vital to your long-term health. The team at Vascular Specialists helps people who are on hemodialysis, a specific type of dialysis, so you don’t get clots and access doesn’t become compromised. 

Blood clots can form in your dialysis access point if the blood vessel suddenly narrows. A clot may make your dialysis less than optimal or clog the process altogether. As soon as you notice a clot, seek treatment. The doctors provide ways for you to de-clot immediately that same day so you can get access to dialysis as soon as possible. 

What is a fistula?

A fistula joins an artery to a vein using your own tissues. The fistula procedure takes place about six months before you begin dialysis and is a preferred way to create a dialysis access point because it tends to be most durable with less at risk for infection or complications compared to other methods.

What is a graft?

A graft joins your artery to your vein using an artificial tube, either made of plastic or synthetic materials. A graft can heal within 3-6 weeks, so if you need dialysis soon, it’s a good option. If your veins are small or blocked by scarring, a graft is also the best choice for your dialysis access.

What is the Ellipsys Dialysis Access System?

Vascular Specialists is the leading provider of this new FDA-approved system for dialysis access. The Ellipsys System is non-surgical and minimally invasive, creating a fistula in a short time. Instead of taking hours to create, the Ellipsys System procedure takes just about 17 minutes. This permanent fistula can be utilized for dialysis within weeks instead of months. 

If you’re in need of dialysis, contact Vascular Specialists to learn about your access options. Call the office today, or schedule an appointment using the online tool.