Frequently Asked Questions

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What medical services are available?

At Star Vascular Access, we offer same-day treatment options for dialysis access management and Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). We also place and remove Implantable ports, which are used to facilitate long term intravenous (IV) access. For PAD, procedures include arteriograms, ABI & PVR tests, duplex ultrasound MRA or CTA, angioplasties, stenting, and atherectomies. For dialysis access management, we offer vein mapping, arteriovenous fistula & graft creation, fistula salvage, thrombectomy & thrombolysis, peritoneal & central venous catheter placement, and the Miller procedure for steal syndrome.

What can I expect at my first visit?

When you arrive, our doctors will ask you a series of questions about your symptoms and will examine you. Afterward, they may recommend a test or treatment plan tailored to your symptoms.

Is a referral necessary?

Yes, you will need a referral. If you have an issue with your access (for example, fistula, graft, or catheter) such as prolonged bleeding or pain around the access, your dialysis center would need to refer you. If you are new to hemodialysis, you would need to be referred by a nephrologist.

How much will my copayment cost?

Copayment amounts will depend on your insurance. Our staff is very experienced and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have about payment.

Should I bring anything with me to my appointment?

Be sure to bring a photo ID such as a valid driver’s license or passport, your insurance card, any medical records you may have, and a list of any medications you are taking.

What is a Dialysis Access and what are the different types?

Also known as vascular access, dialysis access is an entryway into the bloodstream; it is a way to reach your blood and clean it safely during dialysis. The four main types are fistulas, grafts, central venous catheters, and peritoneal catheters.

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What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and am I at risk?

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a serious medical condition that is often not diagnosed. PAD occurs when there is a buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries, (primarily the leg) that causes decreased blood flow to the legs and feet. PAD can cause severe health problems such as diabetic foot ulcers, non-healing wounds, and critical limb ischemia – all conditions that can seriously interfere with quality of life. You may be at risk if you are older than age 50 and have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoke or have a family history of vascular disease. African Americans and Hispanics are at higher risk, as are people with chronic kidney disease.

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