Why do you need a fistula for dialysis

If your access is a catheter, it can be connected directly to the dialysis tubes without the use of needles. A fistula should be considered the first choice for your access because it generally lasts longer and has fewer problems such as infections and clotting.

Why do you need a fistula?

Furthermore, arteries have a very strong pulse and high pressure, which is not ideal for dialysis treatment. Therefore we need a special blood vessel called fistula. A fistula is created during a short surgical intervention by joining an artery with a vein – that is why it is called “arteriovenous”.

What is the dialysis fistula?

The dialysis fistula is often referred to as an AV fistula. This stands for arteriovenous fistula, as it requires joining an artery to a vein. This is the preferred type of access for dialysis because this method has a low risk for blood clots or infection.

What type of Doctor do you need to do dialysis?

There are many types of hemodialysis access that can be used to give a person dialysis. The AV Fistula is the preferred method to perform dialysis. Your nephrologist will start by assessing whether or not you need an AV Fistula. You will probably need an AV Fistula if you need to be on dialysis for a long period of time.

What is the best vein for dialysis?

AV fistula is the best way to receive dialysis because it’s a long term solution for dialysis patients and carries a low risk of infection. However, there are several alternatives worth considering. If you do not have a vein of sufficient size for an AV fistula, an artificial vein may be installed via AV bypass graft surgery.

Why would you get an AV fistula?

An AV Fistula is the connection of a vein and an artery in your arm in order to allow the blood from your body to be pulled out into the dialysis machine and put back in at the same place. Your nephrologist (kidney doctor) may recommend you get an AV Fistula if he/she anticipates that you will need to start hemodialysis soon,…

What do you need for a fistula?

You may need any of the following: Antibiotics may be needed to treat or prevent a bacterial infection. Nutrition support may be given through an IV or through a tube that is put into your nose (nasogastric tube). This will help you get the nutrition you need while your fistula heals.

How does fistula affect the body?

Fluids from your stomach and intestines leak into other parts of your body through the opening. They can leak into other organs or through your skin to the outside of your body. A GI fistula can lead to infections, malnutrition (not enough calories or nutrients), or dehydration.

What type of Doctor do you need to do dialysis?

There are many types of hemodialysis access that can be used to give a person dialysis. The AV Fistula is the preferred method to perform dialysis. Your nephrologist will start by assessing whether or not you need an AV Fistula. You will probably need an AV Fistula if you need to be on dialysis for a long period of time.