Physicians create novel technology to enhance healthcare for dialysis patients

New research has been undertaken by a team of two Valley-area physicians in order to enhance healthcare for patients undergoing chronic kidney diseases with the help of a minimal invasive procedure which provides an easier access to patient’s bloodstream for life-saving dialysis treatment.

The latest study will be presented by Kidney specialist Randy Cooper, MD, of SKI Vascular Center at the upcoming meeting of the American Society for Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN), February 21-23, in Las Vegas.

According to sources, the four-year follow-up data draws attention to a new type of dialysis access which may last longer and will require fewer interventions as compared to the current standard of care, which requires an open surgical procedure.

“The ability to create a minimally invasive dialysis access means no incisions, no scars and less trauma for the patient. Most people want to avoid surgery at all costs, but for patients with kidney failure who already spend so much of their life under a doctor’s care, this technology offers a considerable quality of life impact,” explained Dr. Cooper, board member of Phoenix chapter of the National Kidney Foundation. He is also a co-author on a recent position paper from ASDIN regarding patient selection for this revolutionary approach to dialysis patient care.

“As soon as we learned about this novel technology, we knew we wanted to be able to offer this to our patients,” he added further.

Figures suggest, more than 10,000 people in Arizona are on dialysis due to kidney failure, which has increased nearly 50 percent in the last decade. The latest development is especially helpful for such patients who require to visit a dialysis center several times a week for treatments.

Ellipsys will replace surgery with a single needlestick in order to create a fistula (a type of vascular access for dialysis). Previously, for almost 50 years, the only way to create fistula was through a complex surgery which lead to patient discomfort and longer recovery period.

Ellipsys procedure on the other hand can be carried out in an outpatient setting and requires little to no recovery time.