- -Requires advanced planning because a fistula takes a while after surgery to develop (in rare cases, as long as 24 months)
- -A properly formed fistula is less likely than other kinds of vascular access to form clots or become infected
- -Tend to last many years (longer than any other kind of vascular access)
- -Desirable because rates of infection are very low and it is durable
A surgeon creates an AV fistula by connecting an artery directly to a vein, frequently in the forearm. Connecting the artery to the vein grows larger and stronger, making repeated needle insertions for hemodialysis treatments easier. For the surgery, you'll be given a local anesthetic. In most cases the procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis.
YOUR OWN VEINS!