Dialysis Access Treatment

Washington Vascular Specialists

Interventional Cardiology & Vascular Surgery located in Takoma Park, MD, Frederick, MD, & Largo, MD

Will you be undergoing dialysis and need dialysis access treatment or management? Mubashar Choudry, MD, aims to keep you comfortable throughout dialysis with expertly-placed dialysis access and dedicated management and maintenance of your port or fistula at Washington Vascular Specialists. With locations in Takoma Park, Largo, and Frederick, Maryland, Dr. Choudry offers skilled and compassionate hemodialysis care for you. If you have questions or want help, call Dr. Choudry or schedule a consultation online today.

Dialysis Access Treatment Q & A

What is dialysis access?

Dialysis access is a way to reach your blood for the purpose of hemodialysis. In collaboration with Dr. Choudry, the two of your determine which type of access is best for you, so that you remain as comfortable as possible and can keep your access area clean and free from infection.

What are dialysis ports?

Dialysis ports can be made from medical-grade plastics or incorporate your own blood vessels. Placement of ports, permanent grafts, and fistulas are surgical procedures performed by Dr. Choudry while you’re sedated that may be used immediately or may require up to eight weeks to heal before use.

What types of dialysis access is available?

Dr. Choudry offers temporary and permanent access options for hemodialysis:

Central Venous Catheter (CVC)

A CVC is a temporary catheter that‘s used until a permanent graft or fistula is ready. Dr. Choudry surgically places a plastic CVC tube in your neck, chest, or groin while you’re sedated. A CVC allows the catheter to access blood near your heart.

CVCs are not always recommended, because they cannot get wet bathing is difficult. If a temporary catheter gets wet, the risk of infection that can directly reach your heart


AV Fistula

Arteriovenous (AV) fistulas surgically connect one of your arteries with one of your veins — typically in your non-dominant arm. Because fistulas are made with your blood vessels, they have the lowest risk of infection and clotting.

AV Graft

AV grafts are soft, medical-grade tubes that connect to a blood vessel for dialysis access in your non-dominant arm. Dr. Choudry performs this surgical procedure if your blood vessels are too small or damaged for an AV fistula.

PD Catheter

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheters are for peritoneal dialysis and involve the surgical placement of a catheter tube into the lining of your stomach for access. PD catheters are best if you’re always on-the-go.

How is dialysis access managed?

The most critical part of dialysis access management and maintenance is keeping your access comfortable and clean. Dr. Choudry monitors your access throughout your dialysis treatment to ensure you have the best experience possible.

If you need dialysis access treatment, call Dr. Choudry or schedule a consultation online now.