Peritoneal Dialysis Access
Osler has a dedicated team of surgeons to facilitate the placement of PD catheters.
Ideally, several months before beginning hemodialysis treatment, patients with progressing chronic kidney disease (stage 5) will need to have a vascular access created. This is the site on your body where blood is removed and returned during hemodialysis. Early preparation of the vascular access is important to ensure enough time for the access site to ‘mature’ so that it is ready for use when hemodialysis treatment is required.
There are three types of vascular access for hemodialysis – graft, fistula or central venous catheter. Osler has a vascular surgeon and vascular registered nurse who specialize in creating and maintaining these access points. We also have a dedicated team of surgeons, interventional radiologists, and a vascular access coordinator who specialize in creating and maintaining these vascular accesses.