Dialysis access options to be addressed at free CMHS Seminar

Dialysis access options for kidney failure patients will be the focus of a free seminar that Community Memorial Health System is holding on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Dialysis vascular access is a surgically created vein used to filter toxins, waste and extra fluid out of a person’s blood as treatment for kidney failure. Considered a patient’s lifeline, vascular access allows for roughly a pint of blood to be filtered every minute. Access options include arteriovenous fistula, arteriovenous graft, venous catheter and peritoneal dialysis. Dr. Kevin Major, who specializes in vascular surgery, will explain each of these access options, short-term vs. long-term use, and how to prevent problems that require further treatment.

Dr. Major received his medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and completed general surgery residency training at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and fellowship training in surgical critical care at Cedars-Sinai, including a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is board certified in all three specialties and is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, 147 N. Brent St. Registration is free but reservations are required. To secure reservations, please visit www.cmhshealth.org/rsvp or call Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006.

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