Benefits vs. Risks of a Dialysis Fistula/Graft Declotting Intervention

Dialysis Fistula/Graft Declotting Intervention Benefits

No surgical incision is needed—only a small nick in the skin that does not have to be stitched closed.

There is a very slight risk of an allergic reaction if contrast material is injected.

Any procedure that involves placement of a catheter inside a blood vessel carries certain risks. These risks include damage to the blood vessel, bruising or bleeding at the puncture site, and infection.

Dialysis Fistula/Graft Declotting Intervention Risks

  • Any procedure where the skin is penetrated carries a risk of infection. The chance of infection requiring antibiotic treatment appears to be less than one in 1,000.
  • There is a very slight risk of an allergic reaction if contrast material is injected.
  • Any procedure that involves placement of a catheter inside a blood vessel carries certain risks. These risks include damage to the blood vessel, bruising or bleeding at the puncture site, and infection.