Hattiesburg Clinic Vascular Access works closely with Nephrology and Dialysis to ensure the proper care for patients with renal disease. For patients who require dialysis, a vascular access is needed. A vascular access is where the dialysis machine will connect to your bloodstream to administer treatment. It lets large amounts of blood flow continuously during hemodialysis treatments to filter as much blood as possible per treatment. The most common types of vascular access are an artery vein fistula, which is typically located between the wrist and elbow, and a catheter, which is a tube placed into a vein. Catheters are typically only used for short-term dialysis.
Nephrology, also called renal medicine, is a medical specialty that focuses on the kidneys. Nephrologists are physicians who specialize in the management of normal kidney function and the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic kidney problems in adults and children.