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Significantly Improving Quality of Life for Kidney Dialysis Patients

Catheter-based Interventional Procedures Give New Outlook on life
May 13, 2009
7:00 PM CDT
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From Genesis Medical Center, Silvis, Ill

To patients undergoing hemodialysis for end-stage kidney disease, circulation is everything.

During hemodialysis, a machine takes the place of the kidneys, pumping blood from the patient's body through flexible tubing, cleaning it and then returning it to the patient's body through a separate tube. To connect to the machine, called a hemodialyzer, an access into the patient's blood vessels must be created.  MORE...
To patients undergoing hemodialysis for end-stage kidney disease, circulation is everything.

During hemodialysis, a machine takes the place of the kidneys, pumping blood from the patient's body through flexible tubing, cleaning it and then returning it to the patient's body through a separate tube. To connect to the machine, called a hemodialyzer, an access into the patient's blood vessels must be created.

When an artery or vein carrying blood to or from a patient's dialysis access site, usually an arm or leg, narrows or develops a blockage, the limited blood flow makes hemodialysis more difficult and less effective.

To restore blood flow, George Kontos, Jr., M.D., uses a minimally invasive treatment for the long-term management of vascular access in kidney dialysis patients. The procedure, an angioplasty with vascular stenting, will premiere Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. CST, on OR-Live.com. The procedure is done at Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus, Silvis, Ill.

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