What should you expect after the procedure? [Dr. Spinowitz]

Q: What should you expect after the procedure?

A: For a catheter insertion procedure, whether it be peritoneal or hemodialysis catheter insertion or catheter exchange, the patient can experience some soreness after the fact. The patient usually can complain of some soreness at night or the morning after. Any pain that may occur can be relieved with Tylenol or ice.

Patients normally do not require any heavy pain medication after the procedures. The patients that present with thrombosis or swelling or pain due to pressure within the access, most of them will actually feel better after the procedure as we relieve the pressure, improving the flow through the fistula or graft, and allowing them to return to normal.

More videos from the interview with Dr. Spinowitz of the Queens Endovascular Center as he explains the different modes of Dialysis Access Management:

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