Your kidneys work to filter your blood of waste products and excess fluids. When these important organs fail due to a variety of medical conditions, lifesaving hemodialysis treatment serves as a necessary and ongoing replacement. The process of hemodialysis requires access to your circulatory system in order for the blood to be directed to the external dialysis machine for filtering. Insertion of a permanent dialysis access point (either a fistula or a graft) creates a portal for tapping into your bloodstream every time you undergo treatment, typically two to three times per week.
Dialysis access involves minor outpatient surgery to build an entryway under the skin in either an arm or a leg for dialysis treatment. Our vascular specialists have extensive experience and expertise performing dialysis access procedures, including:
- Fistula Placement Surgery—This procedure involves connecting one of your arteries to a vein to construct a large blood vessel that allows for optimal blood flow.
- Graft Placement Surgery—For patients with blocked or small veins, a graft is a good alternative to a fistula. This procedure involves inserting a soft pliable synthetic tube to join one of your arteries to a vein.
During your comprehensive evaluation, one of our experienced board-certified vascular surgeons will ask you about your medical history and conduct a physical exam to determine if you are a good candidate for either fistula or graft placement surgery.
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Please call 847.663.8050 for more information on dialysis access or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.