Experience of HeRO dialysis graft placement in a challenging population

Angela A Kokkosis, Steven D Abramowitz, Jonathan Schwitzer, Harry Schanzer, Victoria J Teodorescu
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 2013, 47 (4): 278-80

OBJECTIVE: To assess the outcomes of the hemodialysis reliable outflow (HeRO) device in a subset of hemodialysis access-challenged patients with central venous obstruction.

METHODS: Retrospective analysis of a series of patients in 2 centers who underwent placement of the HeRO device between September 2009 and November 2010. Patients' demographics, access history, HeRO patency, and number of reinterventions were analyzed.

RESULTS: Eleven patients underwent 12 HeRO implantations. The average duration of dialysis prior to HeRO placement was 5.55 ± 3.64 years. Primary and secondary patencies at 6 months and 1 year were 36.4% and 54.5% and 9.1% and 45.5%, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: In the end-stage renal disease population with central venous occlusive disease, the HeRO device offers the best long-term dialysis option when an arteriovenous fistula or graft is not possible. Close follow-up and subsequent aggressive interventions can prolong the use of the HeRO and avoid the last resort of dialysis catheters.

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