Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County in Mays Landing, New Jersey offers a wide range of vascular services, including central venous access and occlusion management. If you’re looking for long-term venous access for antibiotics, chemotherapy, or nutritional support, call Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County or schedule an appointment online.
A central venous catheter (CVC) is used to put medicine, nutrients, blood products, or other fluids directly into your blood. They can also be used for blood draws.
This type of catheter is also called a central venous access device (CVAD) or a central line. There are several types of CVCs, but the most common is the port and PICC line. Your Vascular Access Center physician inserts it into a large vein in your chest or upper arm.
Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County can place PICC lines, both single and dual lumen; Tesio catheters; and Hickman catheters. They can also quickly repair or replace catheters if problems arise.
You might have central venous catheters for several reasons, including:
The advantage of CVCs is that they are placed under the skin and are discreet. A central venous catheter can remain in place for several years, but it needs to be regularly flushed if it’s not in use.
With long-term central venous catheters, preventing narrowing and blockages is a significant challenge. This complication is known as occlusion. If it occurs, you can experience swelling and pain at your catheter site. Your CVC’s function can also be affected.
Additional signs of problems with your CVC include:
If you’re experiencing central venous occlusion, Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County offers angioplasty and stenting to eliminate the occlusion. This treatment uses an inflated balloon to remove the blockage and a small metal cylinder to hold the blood vessel open.
To learn more about central venous catheter and occlusion management, call Vascular Access Center of Atlantic County or schedule an appointment online today.
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