Insertion and Removal of Tunneled Dialysis Catheters

For a patient whose kidneys have failed due to kidney disease, the Serrano Kidney and Vascular Access Center (KVAC) of California provides a tunneled dialysis catheter to gain venous access, or access to the blood system.
Tunneled dialysis catheters have an opening for blood flow out of the body and another opening for blood return after it flows through the dialysis machine. Tunneled dialysis catheters are usually inserted in the chest or neck.