Comprehensive Dialysis Access Placement
UW Health's Comprehensive Dialysis Access Clinic provides dialysis access placement for patients initiating dialysis.
What is dialysis access?
Some patients with chronic kidney disease need to undergo hemodialysis treatments wherein a machine filters the patients' blood. Successful hemodialysis requires a vascular access point through which blood is removed for cleaning. Dialysis access surgery establishes this access point.
Referrals to the Dialysis Access Clinic
Referring providers may call the Transplant Clinic to schedule a dialysis access evaluation appointment by calling (608) 262-5420. Patients will be evaluated to determine the most appropriate access placement - often a fistula or graft - and the placement procedure will be scheduled at UW Hospital and Clinics. This procedure will be performed by a transplant surgeon, though the dialysis access services are multidisciplinary and include interventional nephrologists, vascular surgeons and local dialysis center clinicians.
Required Referral Information
Referring providers will be asked to provide the following information when making a referral:
- Patient name, address and phone number
- Date of birth
- Social security number
- Primary doctor and insurance coverage
After the initial referral, referring providers will be asked to forward the following patient records:
- Current medical history and physical medication list
- Overview of discharge summaries and clinic visits
- Operative notes from major surgeries
Ongoing Care Following Dialysis Access Surgery
Once the dialysis access is placed, patients may need further care to ensure the access point is working properly. This ongoing care is also provided through the Dialysis Access Clinic by physicians with a vast amount of experience in dialysis access. Physicians are committed to same-day correction of access dysfunction, returning patients rapidly to their dialysis unit.