Mastectomy and Vascular Access

Mastectomy with lymph node removal often requires the Vascular Access clinician to address additional facts and data. This page describes important factors for the Vascular Access Clinician to consider to reduce the risk of Lymphedema and associated infections in Mastectomy patients.

Mastectomy

Mastectomy is a surgery that removes breast tissue from one or both breasts and is typically done as an option to address breast cancer such as to treat breast cancer or to prevent breast cancer. If lymph nodes are also removed, the risk of lymphedema increases. Lymphedema can strike immediately after mastectomy or could arise many years later. It can have short-term or long-term effects and is often difficult to treat. 

Mastectomy Breast Cancer Lymph Node Dissection

Mastectomy Breast Cancer Lymph Node Dissection

Small Bore Internal Jugular Central Venous Line

Small Bore Internal Jugular Line avoids Lymphedema and Infection risk in the affected Arm or Arm Pit Area

Mastectomy and Vascular Access

Mastectomy and Vascular Access for a Mastectomy patient requires additional skill, care, and consideration.  Following the Infusion Nurse Society and Association for Vascular Access guidelines, Vascular Access clinicians should not create Vascular Access in, at, or near the affected arm or arm pit area in patients that have suffered breast cancer and lymph node dissection (ie, the removal of the lymph nodes), as this can cause Lymphedema and Infection.  As such, Vascular Access should not be created by the PICC or Midline procedure.  Small Bore Internal Jugular Central Venous Catheter Line is the solution, with a Small Bore Femoral Central Venous Line as an additional alternative.  These central catheter lines avoid the arm and arm pit, mitigating the risk of Lymphedema and Infection. When Vascular Access has been mismanaged, Lymphedema has been known to strike more than 10 years after a Mastectomy which can be devastating to a patient.

Small Bore Femoral Central Venous Line

Small Bore Internal Femoral Line avoids Lymphedema and Infection risk in the affected Arm or Arm Pit Area

Vascular Wellness – Safe Vascular Access for Mastectomy Patients

Vascular Wellness provides Safe Vascular Access for Mastectomy Patients including those with lymph node removal.  Vascular Wellness has the experience and expertise to place small bore central catheter lines at similar very high success rates and zero insertion related infections as we do with PICCs.  In fact, Vascular Wellness has placed over 15,000 Small Bore Internal Jugular Central Venous Catheter Lines with no insertion related infections.  Small Bore Central Venous Lines allow patients to travel across any care setting including in the privacy of their home.  Vascular Wellness prefers to eliminate lymphedema risk by placing the appropriate line, often a small bore catheter at the bedside.  Placing different small bore lines at the bedside are just some of the many ways in which Vascular Wellness provides a superior, comprehensive Vascular Access Solution.  We have tools and training to provide the right Vascular Access at the Right Time, the First Time.

Vascular Wellness supports and protects breast cancer survivors

Vascular Wellness supports and protects breast cancer survivors with quality, timely, and safe vascular access

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Vascular Wellnesssm provides comprehensive, quality, timely, and innovative vascular access services, including standard and advanced line placement, pediatrics, program management, education, training, and infection control and prevention to all healthcare settings such as Tertiary Hospitals, Community Hospitals, Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Surgical and Outpatient Centers, Hospice, and At-Home care. We support a 98+% Success Rate with zero (0) Insertion-Related Infections across all lines, with an average response time of 3 hours. We help our clients improve patient outcomes, enable faster therapy, reduce costs, infections, and readmissions, decrease hospital length of stay, and reduce transportation expenses.

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