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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long will it take for my new fistula to mature?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Wyffels
Specializes in Critical Care
Varies: You probably are refering to a "fistula" for hemodialysis. Maturing refers to the vein dilating ( streching to a larger daimeter than normal as the wall tends to thicken. The amount of flow into the vein will determine the time for "maturing". This may take 2 - 6 weeks. There is a delicate balance between the flow into the fistula and the flow into the tissues ( usually the hand ).
Dr. Stefan Chock
Trauma Surgery 23 years experience
Ask your surgeon: Usually a minimum of 6 weeks before a fistula can be used for dialysis.

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How long does it take for a fistula to heal?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many never do: Fistulae are notorious for never closing or healing and that is why after several months most surgeons excise them.
Last updated Mar 1, 2017

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