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Vascular Access

Treating problems that obstruct vascular access is important — the earlier problems are caught and treated, the better an outcome may be. Norman Regional is home to the state’s first and only hospital-based center dedicated to patients needing vascular access. We’re also the first hospital in Oklahoma to use Avinger’s Pantheris™ lumivascular system for the treatment of peripheral artery disease.

Norman Regional Hospital
901 N. Porter Ave.
Norman, OK 73071

Vascular Access Center
901 N. Porter Ave.
Norman, OK 73071

Keep Everything Flowing Smoothly

Norman Regional Health System’s Vascular Access Center is the state’s first and only hospital-based center that focuses on patients needing treatment for dialysis, long-term infusions and other vascular-access needs. The Center is a one-stop destination for all your preoperative work. Because we’re in a hospital, you have easier access to lab work, X-rays, ultrasound and other diagnostic testing. We’re also able to provide advanced care if you need it.

Services include:

  • Placing of new arteriovenous (AV) fistulas
  • Declotting of existing AV fistulas
  • Ballooning of vascular anatomy to ensure proper flow
  • Placing of dialysis catheters (both temporary and long-term/tunneled), peritoneal drain catheters and peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC lines)
  • Assessing current dialysis catheters for proper function
  • Treating and removing deep vein thrombosis 

Breakthrough Treatment for PAD

Norman Regional’s HealthPlex is the first hospital in Oklahoma to offer Avinger’s Pantheris™ lumivascular system, a new treatment for patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition caused by a buildup of plaque that blocks blood flow in legs or feet. In the past, physicians have had to rely solely on X-ray, touch and feel when clearing plaque from arteries. Pantheris uses real-time optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging on a therapeutic catheter (such as a small camera on the tip of the device) to allow physicians to see and remove plaque more precisely than ever before with less risk of damage to the artery walls.

Interventional cardiologist Archana Gautam, MD, performed the state’s first procedure using this device in 2016 at Norman Regional’s HealthPlex, and the patient was able to go home the next day. Before undergoing this new procedure, the patient reported constant pain. Today, the patient is pain-free.

Problems with Your Vascular Access Site?

A vascular access point needs to remain open and operable to complete dialysis or a patient will quickly become ill. Contact your physician at the earliest sign of trouble, such as:

  • The sound referred to as the “thrill” disappears; the thrill is a sign that the access site is functioning
  • Swelling, bleeding or signs of infection at the access site
  • Unexplained fever

When You Visit

The Vascular Access Center is on the first floor of Norman Regional Hospital. Park on the northeast side of the building. Registration is conveniently located at the Vascular Access Center itself.

How to prepare for your visit:

  • Bring insurance cards, photo ID and a list of your current medications
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Remove fingernail polish
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home
  • Do NOT bring valuables such as jewelry
  • Do NOT eat or drink anything six hours prior to your procedure or scheduled time of visit

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