Many patients need access into their central veins in order to receive chemotherapy, nutrition, dialysis, or other fluids.
Expertise in image guided procedures allows us to perform these procedures at Vascular Anomalies Clinic of Jerusalem (Israel) quickly and safely with the utmost precision.
We perform vascular access procedures on a daily basis in our state-of-the-art angiography suite, and would be happy to guide you through the process.
We are committed to delivering the highest quality of individualized treatment and compassion. We make every effort to ensure comfort and to control pain. Our patients receive frequent follow up phone calls after discharge to answer questions and provide guidance when needed.
Most vascular access procedures are performed with local anesthesia only, though some, especially children, may require sedation or general anesthesia.
Chest ports (port-a-cath) are small rounded devices in which chemotherapy is inserted. The medication then travels through a small catheter that is attached to the chest port and enters the veins in the chest.
The procedure usually involves a small incision on the upper chest wall (about 4-5 cm), and takes about 45 minutes. The chest port itself, may protrude slightly through the skin. We make every effort to make a very small incision and to leave an aesthetically pleasing result, without the need to remove stitches afterward.
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICC) are thin catheters that are placed into a vein in the arm. The tip of the catheter lies in the veins of the chest. PICC lines are typically used for long-term antibiotic treatment at home, or nutrition for those who cannot eat by mouth.
Dialysis Catheters (‘Permacath’)
Dialysis catheters are usually inserted via a tiny incision in the upper chest wall. The catheter itself is ‘tunneled’ under the skin and enters the veins of the chest.
Hickman catheters are similar to dialysis catheters in their structure and how they are inserted. They are small, however, than dialysis catheters, and usually used for nutrition or long-term antibiotics.
We would be happy to discuss vascular access at our vascular anomalies clinic in Jerusalem (Israel) and take all the time you need, to answer your questions/concerns.
The procedure is covered by some of the kuppot and insurance companies. We typically appeal to the kuppot/insurance companies on an individual basis, and will make every effort to assist in obtaining a hitchayvut for the procedure.