Vascular Access Surgery

Access surgery involves creating a route by which a needle can be inserted into a vein 2-3 times a week to permit dialysis (blood purification in patients with severe kidney disease) to be carried out or insertion of catheters (plastic tubes) into veins for anticancer drugs or antibiotics to be injected over many weeks or months for patients requiring such treatment. This is usually performed at the request of a nephrologist (kidney specialist) or an oncologist (cancer specialist) to help them administer their treatments.