Central Venous Catheter Placement
What is a Catheterization?
The term “catheterization” refers to a thin flexible tube that is attached to the body with or without a needle that permits introduction or withdrawal of fluids. Catheters that require a needle are typically placed into an artery or vein to administer medicine, take blood or other fluid samples, or inject dye for diagnostic testing.
Catheters that do not require a needle are often used to “drain” fluid that would otherwise collect and cause health complications such as urine overflow or fluid in the lungs. In addition, catheters can be used to constrict or expand vessels, dissolve a thrombus (blood clot), block bleeding, or insert a stent to relieve obstruction.
The experts at Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center use the most up-to-date catheterization techniques available to provide patients with optimal results as well as comfort during a procedure.
Vascular Catheter Uses
Central Venous Access (CVA) is a commonly performed procedure where a catheter is placed into a large vein in the body to administer medication, monitor venous pressure, and introduce fluids during certain tests. More than five million central venous catheters are inserted into hospitalized patients in the United States each year. Placement of the catheter can vary depending on patient related factors and can be temporary or permanent. Learn more+
Dialysis Access Maintenance is a procedure that is routinely performed on patients diagnosed with acute/chronic renal failure (kidney disease), or end-stage renal disease. The process involves removing waste substances and fluid from the blood that are normally eliminated by the kidneys. During dialysis treatment, the patient is connected to a machine by way of a flexible plastic tube that pumps blood from the body, cleans it and safely returns it to the body through a separate tube. This is known as dialysis access and often referred to as the “lifeline.” Learn more+
Dialysis Catheters There several access methods used for patients with renal failure who are expected to need long or short-term dialysis treatment. Fistulas and grafts are usually placed in the arm, but may also be placed in the leg. They are surgically placed a few months before dialysis is scheduled to begin in order to allow for the site to heal and develop properly. A vascular catheter is placed in the neck to provide quick access in the event of an emergency. Learn more+
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC) is used to administer short-term intravenous nutrition, chemotherapy, antibiotics or other medications and is a great alternative to jugular, subclavian, and femoral catheter lines. A PICC line can remain in place from seven days to 12 months with proper maintenance and regular flushing as great care is taken to provide proper positioning and sterile conditions to prevent complications. Learn more+
Subcutaneous Ports are long term catheters for chemotherapy medicine, blood transfusions, antibiotics, intravenous (IV) fluids, or blood samples for testing so that a patient does not have to have repeated needle punctures of the skin. The port has a small round metal chamber (portal) with a rubber top (septum) and a flexible tube (catheter) that is placed completely under the skin on the right side of the chest. The subcutaneous port must be flushed after each treatment and at least once every 4 weeks to prevent infection or other complications. Learn more+
TPN Catheters provide intravenous feedings when a patient is incapacitated or not able to eat properly. Essential nutrient needs are met by formula infusion into a large vein in the chest area. Life can be supported for decades with intravenous nutrition. The nutritional formula generally contains nutrients such as sugar and carbohydrates (for energy), proteins (for muscle strength), lipids (fat), electrolytes, and trace elements. Learn more+
Atlanta Vascular and Vein Center is located in Lawrenceville, GA servicing patients living in Metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County and the surrounding communities including Duluth, Dacula, and Grayson. Call 678-878-4555 today to schedule an appointment today.