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A 36-year-old member asked:

What is this "buttonhole technique" i keep hearing everyone talking about?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
Dialysis treatment: The buttonhole technique is a term used for inserting a blunt needle into a vein/fistula of a person who is undergoing blood/hemodialysis.It is less painful as the blunt needle traverses a tract which has been created by a needle, so it is like a button going into a button hole.
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Above description is accurate. It takes a skilled and experienced nurse or tech to establish the track. A taught and experienced nurse or tech or home partner must follow proper technique. Infections can happen. With strict technique the fistula is nicely preserved over time.
Dec 11, 2014
Dr. Michael Michaels
Urology 55 years experience
Laparoscopy: That is doing surgery by passing a scope into the body through a small cut instead of opening the abdomen.
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Last updated Dec 11, 2014


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