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Annie Collum, BSN, RN

Annie Collum, BSN, RN is the RIA Manager, Physician Liaison in Denver, Colorado

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September 19, 2023,

Highlighting Kidney Interventions

During Urology Awareness Month, we highlight the kidney interventions we provide. RIA Endovascular’s interventional radiologists provide a variety of kidney and urological treatments.

For those with renal and urological conditions, including dialysis catheters, nephrostomy tubes and ureteral stents.

Dialysis Catheters

For a patient whose kidneys have failed, venous access, or access to the blood system, must be established and maintained for dialysis treatments. Placement of a chronic dialysis catheter (CDC) can provide this access. The catheter is placed in one of the large veins. A common site is superior vena cava, or SVC. You can learn more about the procedure, which is performed by an interventional radiologist, on our kidney interventions page.

Nephrostomy Tubes

A nephrostomy is a tube put into the kidney. The urine from a normal kidney drains through a narrow tube, the ureter, into the bladder. When a stone or a blood clot blocks that tube, the kidney can be damaged. It may be possible to drain the urine by inserting a fine plastic tube, called a catheter, through the skin and into the kidney under a local anesthetic. The urine drains from the kidney into a collecting bag outside the body. Learn more about the procedure itself on our kidney interventions page.

Ureteral Stents

The ureters are the tubes that connect each kidney to the bladder. When these tubes become blocked, it is necessary to place a stent to improve urinary drainage from the kidney(s). Look https://nationaltoday.com/urology-awareness-month/