A minor surgical procedure, auxillary artery cannulation involves placing an angiocatheter into the auxillary artery that is located under the upper arm.
Also Known As:
- Angiocatheter placement
- Arterial cannulation
- Arterial access
- Access surgery
- Heart surgery
Conditions Treated with Auxillary Artery Cannulation:
Auxillary artery cannulation is utilized in cases of congestive heart failure and when monitoring is needed of arterial blood gas and blood pressure for critically ill patients. It is also used to deliver medication that alters cardiac muscle contractions.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to auxillary artery cannulation.
Anesthesia with Auxillary Artery Cannulation:
Auxillary artery cannulation is performed with local anesthesia.
Potential Complications from Auxillary Artery Cannulation:
Possible risks following auxillary artery cannulation include hematoma, thrombosis, vein puncture, arterial puncture and brachial plexus injury. It is also possible for the angiocatheter to be improperly placed.
Prognosis after Auxillary Artery Cannulation:
The prognosis for a positive end result following auxillary artery cannulation is good.
Recovery from Auxillary Artery Cannulation:
There is no recovery time necessary after auxillary artery cannulation.