AV Fistula Procedure
What is an arteriovenous fistula?
How an AV Fistula work
- Provides good blood flow for dialysis.
- Lasts longer than other types of access.
- Is less likely to get infected or cause blood clots than other types of access.
Before AV fistula surgery, the surgeon may perform a vessel mapping test. Vessel mapping uses Doppler ultrasound to evaluate blood vessels that the surgeon may use to make the AV fistula. Ultrasound uses a device, called a transducer, that bounces safe, painless sound waves off organs to create an image of their structure. A specially trained technician performs the procedure in a health care provider’s office, an outpatient center, or a hospital. A radiologist—a doctor who specializes in medical imaging—interprets the images. The patient does not need anesthesia for this procedure. A Doppler ultrasound shows how much and how quickly blood flows through arteries and veins so the surgeon can select the best blood vessels to use.
A surgeon performs AV fistula surgery in an outpatient center or a hospital. The vascular access procedure may require an overnight stay in the hospital; however, many patients go home afterward. A health care provider uses local anesthesia to numb the area where the surgeon creates the AV fistula.
An AV fistula frequently requires 2 to 3 months to develop, or mature, before the patient can use it for hemodialysis. If an AV fistula fails to mature after surgery, the surgeon must repeat the procedure.
How an AV Fistula is performed
If an AV fistula does not mature, an AV graft is the second choice for a long-lasting vascular access.
Why Esha Kidney Care?
Esha Kidney Care is committed to elevating the health and quality of life patients suffering from kidney diseases. Our mission is to provide kidney disease patients with personalized care, quality dialysis treatment and patient education. We’re committed to ensuring that each patient is confident in their therapy choice and kidney dialysis treatments.
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