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How will they connect me to the dialysis machine?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Via a line: A catheter place under the collar bone or a line establishe in arm just like the IV line done in hospitals. However a surgeon has to prepare your arm veins prior to that by making a fistula or a graft (vascular access).
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 45 years experience
Dialysis: I am presuming you are asking about hemodialysis. If you have a shunt created under your skin (arteriovenous shunt), you will be connected using needles. If you have an external, plastic shunt you will be connected without needles. Either way, connecting a patient to a dialysis machine requires great care and major attention to preventing infection.

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