U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 36-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 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.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctor commented
A US doctor answered Learn more
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 53 years experience
Laparoscopy: That is doing surgery by passing a scope into the body through a small cut instead of opening the abdomen.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Dec 11, 2014
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.