Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheter Placement in Fredericksburg, Woodbridge, and Fairfax

If you or a loved one requires hemodialysis treatment, understanding your options for vascular access is crucial. One effective solution the Vein Institute of Virginia offers is tunneled hemodialysis catheter placement.

Our dedicated team includes skilled interventional nephrologists, board-certified vascular surgeons, and certified physician assistants. We have three convenient locations in Woodbridge, Fairfax, and Fredericksburg, VA. We are here to ensure you receive top-notch care tailored to your needs.

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What Is Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheter Placement?

Tunneled hemodialysis catheter placement is used to access the bloodstream for hemodialysis.

During the placement process, a specialist inserts a catheter into a vein in the neck or chest. It’s then tunneled under the skin to help reduce the risk of infection. 

Unlike temporary catheters, tunneled catheters are designed for long-term use. They provide a reliable and safe pathway when other forms of vascular access for dialysis are not possible.

Benefits of Tunneled Hemodialysis Catheter Placement

Choosing a tunneled catheter has several benefits:

  • Reduced Infection Risk: The tunneling process and the catheter's special coating help reduce the risk of infection.
  • Better Longevity: These catheters are ideal for patients who need dialysis for an extended period but are not candidates for a fistula or graft.
  • Immediate Use: Tunneled catheters can be used almost immediately after placement. This is crucial for patients who need urgent dialysis.

When Is Tunneled Catheter Placement Recommended?

Tunneled catheter placement is often recommended for the following patients:

  • Those who require long-term dialysis treatment but are waiting for a fistula or graft to mature.
  • Those whose veins cannot support a fistula or graft.
  • Those who need a rapid start to dialysis due to acute kidney issues.

What to Expect During the Procedure

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The placement of a tunneled hemodialysis catheter is a minor surgical procedure. It’s typically performed under local anesthesia and mild sedation.

The process usually takes about an hour. After making a small incision, the catheter is inserted into the vein and carefully tunneled under the skin to its exit site.

Most patients can go home the same day, following a brief observation period.


Does the Procedure Hurt?

Generally, patients experience minimal discomfort during and after tunneled hemodialysis catheter placement.

How Long Does the Recovery Period Last?

Recovery time is typically short. Patients can resume normal activities within a day or two, as long as they follow their doctor's advice.

How Do I Care for My Catheter?

Keeping the catheter clean and dry is vital. Our team will share detailed instructions on how to care for your catheter at home.

Why Choose the Vascular Institute of Virginia?

The Vascular Institute of Virginia is a multi-specialty practice. We have three state-of-the-art locations in Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, and Fairfax, VA.

Our experienced team provides advanced care in areas such as:

No matter your needs and goals, you can trust that you’ll be treated in a relaxed environment outfitted with modern comforts for an unmatched experience.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

Understanding your options can make a significant difference in your treatment experience. Contact the Vascular Institute of Virginia today to discuss if a tunneled catheter for hemodialysis access is suitable for you. 

Our expert team is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring you receive the best care possible. Call us at 703-763-5224 to schedule your consultation in Woodbridge, Fairfax, or Fredericksburg, VA.

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