Venous Conditions/Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)

Central line placement (permanent or temporary)

A central line is a small tube placed into a vein for dialysis or long-term drug therapy. It allows easy access for doctors and nurses to perform dialysis or administer medication.

Hemodialysis catheter placement

A hemodialysis catheter, also called a “tunneled” dialysis catheter, is a small tube inserted under the skin and into a major vein. Made with two openings, it allows blood to leave the body to be filtered during hemodialysis and then replaced inside the body.

Port placement

A port is a small tube inserted into a vein in your chest. This allows your healthcare provider to give you intravenous (IV) medication (such as chemotherapy). It can also be used to give you fluids and take blood samples without the need for repeated needle sticks.

IVC filter placement and removal

An IVC filter is designed to prevent a pulmonary embolism, a potentially fatal condition caused when a blood clot travels from the veins in the leg to the lungs. The filter is designed to break up the clot into smaller, more harmless particles. The IVC filter is typically placed in the groin at the site of the inferior vena cava (IVC), where the individual leg veins join. After the risk of a pulmonary embolism has passed, the IVC filter will be removed.

DVT thrombolysis and thrombectomy

What is DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition caused by a blood clot in the leg. Left untreated, it can lead to fatal complications, including pulmonary embolism and postphlebitic syndrome.

What is Thrombolysis?

Thrombolysis is a minimally invasive procedure to break up the blood clot (“clot busting”) through the administration of special medications directly into the clot. Thrombectomy is a somewhat more invasive procedure that physically removes the blood clot. Both procedures are performed inside the body by an interventional radiologist using a catheter and imaging guidance without the need for open surgery.

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