Hemodialysis Access and Access Site Maintenance

Patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) require regular hemodialysis to perform the kidney functions associated with removing toxic waste from the body. Many patients and physicians have found that an arteriovenous fistula provides better long-term access into the blood stream, and is associated with lower rates of infections, hospitalization and death than other forms of access.

An interventional radiologist creates an arteriovenous fistula by surgically joining a vein and an artery in the forearm. This allows blood to flow from the artery into the vein, which is required to perform dialysis. Our interventional radiologists can also perform routine maintenance on the fistula to ensure that it is working properly and not becoming clotted or infected.

 


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