The Blank Vascular Center works with the Nephrology Department at Abington Memorial Hospital, as well as with outpatient hemodialysis units in the area, to coordinate the care of patients who need kidney dialysis.
Those whose kidneys cannot filter out wastes from their blood must rely on dialysis. However, before dialysis can begin, specialists must create an “access,” or way to easily reach large volumes of blood. Blank Vascular doctors help to develop several different types of access, usually in the arm.
All of these methods require a short procedure stay at Abington Memorial Hospital:
Fistula – this access is made by connecting an artery to a nearby vein. Blood from an artery flows rapidly into the vein and enlarges it. This procedure has to be performed months or weeks before it is needed to help ensure a properly enlarged vein.
Graft – this access involves sewing a man-made tube between an artery and a vein when a fistula is not possible. Grafts can be ready for dialysis in a few weeks.
Central Vein Access – if fistulas or grafts are not appropriate, a catheter tube may be inserted into a vein in the neck to provide access to the bloodstream.
To refer a patient to The Blank Vascular Center, please call 215-887-5934.