Venography and Treatment

Veins are Blood Vessels

Veins are blood vessels that carry blood toward the heart. carry deoxygenated blood from the tissues back to the heart.  Prior to placement of a fistula or consideration for a graft you are likely to undergo a venogram.  A venogram requires the placement of an IV and then contrast is injected under a real-time X-ray machine to make sure the veins are open and big enough to use for a fistula.  This “mapping” will then be used by a surgeon to create an appropriate access.

Occasionally veins in the arms/neck or legs/groin can become blocked or clotted requiring a procedure to re-open.  This is safely done in an outpatient setting with minimally invasive techniques without general anesthesia.