Vascular Access | Eastern Nephrology

A vascular access is a vein or synthetic shunt created under the skin. Needles are placed into the vascular access during the dialysis treatment which gives access to the patient’s blood. If the access is created with the patient’s own vein, it is called an Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF). If it is created with synthetic material it is called an Arteriovenous Graft (AVG). The vascular access is the “lifeline” for a hemodialysis patient, and it requires occasional interventions to keep it from clogging. Kidney doctors called interventional nephrologists are trained in providing these special vascular procedures.

ENA’s board certified interventional nephrologists provide comprehensive vascular access management through our two vascular access centers located in Greenville and New Bern, North Carolina. ENA is partnered with a national company called Azura Vascular. Our doctors are supported by highly trained nurse anesthetists, advanced practitioner professionals, nurses, technicians, and assistants.