Welcome Message

Greetings Dear friends and colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure in inviting each and every one of you to the 5th Kuala Lumpur Vascular Access Conference (KLVAC). KLVAC has been a tradition of the Vascular Society of Malaysia with the first meeting being held in 2010. From a modest beginning involving local participants, it has now grown to a meeting involving the region.

With the theme of ‘Team Approach Towards Better Vascular Access’, KLVAC aims to bring together the various stakeholders (dialysis nurses and managers, nephrologists, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, urologists and vascular surgeons) involved in vascular access to work towards one common goal which is the best therapy for all renal failure patients. It will enable the various disciplines involved to share knowledge and experiences in the various aspects of vascular access.

The 5th KLVAC will kick off with pre-congress workshops on ultrasound and angiography followed by plenaries, symposiums and lively debates. We will see speakers local, regional and international speakers who are leading authorities in the provision of vascular access therapy. There will be ample room for lively discussions during the meeting to explore new ideas to further improve a method of therapy which has become ever important.

The exponential rise in the number of patients requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT) not only in Malaysia but in the region has created an urgent need for vascular access. It is estimated that there will be 40,000 patients who will require dialysis in the country by this year. Unfortunately, the number of transplants being performed in the region is too small to keep up with the ever-increasing numbers of renal failure patients. As such, the vascular access created needs to be for ‘life’ in most patients. This makes the optimal creation, maintenance and salvage of vascular accesses key towards a successful RRT programme.

One of the new highlights of the meeting is renal transplant which will be part of the scientific content. It has been proven that renal transplantation is the most viable method to tackle this problem.

I look forward to meeting all of you and wish everyone an exciting and successful conference.

Dr. Naresh Govindarajathran
Organising Chair