Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition that requires multidisciplinary management. In the early stages, there may be no symptoms. In later stages of the disease symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Patients can also experience swelling of feet, shortness of breath and can suffer from high blood pressure.

Dialysis is a form of renal replacement therapy that artificially takes over a large role of the kidneys, namely through ‘cleansing’ the blood of toxins and returning it to the body. This can be temporary when the kidney has been damaged but makes a recovery, or can be permanent where there is no possibility of recovery.

The surgical options for dialysis access include:

  • Arteriovenous fistula or graft – a surgically created connection between the artery and the vein, that enables repetitive needling for repetitive withdrawal and injection of blood for arteriovenous dialysis
  • Tunnelled catheters – a surgically inserted tube (‘Perm Cath’ or similar) into a large vein that allows repetitive withdrawal and injection of blood for arteriovenous dialysis. This is typically in one of the large veins of the neck (jugular vein)
  • Peritoneal dialysis catheter – a surgically inserted tube (‘Tenckhoff’ catheter or similar) into the abdominal cavity that allows access for peritoneal dialysis
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At Yarra Vascular Surgeons, we specialise in renal access surgery and recognise and maintain that a truly multi-disciplinary approach is vital for this complex disease. We foster a strong relationship with our kidney specialist (nephrologist) colleagues to assist in determining the optimal mode and method of renal replacement therapy for the individual.

What Makes Us Different

chronic kidney failure

First group Vascular practice in Melbourne which means that you will always receive 24/7 care.

chronic renal disease

Full range of minimally
invasive and surgical options.


Complimentary vein screening assessment for new patients.


Experience dealing with
complex cases with a multi-team approach.


Options for both insured and non-insured patients.

competitive fees

Payment plan options
are available.


Experts in the very latest in minimal invasive endovascular techniques.


Onsite ultrasound


Wide range of consulting locations in Victoria.

Book your initial consultation to receive a thorough assessment of your condition

chronic renal failure
  • Yarra Vascular Surgeons consult at various locations across Victoria.
  • We offer initial consultations and review appointments, and we can see patients who would like a second opinion.
  • At Yarra Vascular Surgeons we aim to see all referrals within two weeks or less, depending on the urgency of the condition.
  • We are focussed on providing accessible and timely care to our patients, eliminating  waiting times and providing an after hours service.


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