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what does a dialysis fistula actually do?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Access to blood: At dialysis needles are inserted into a fistual so bad blood (blood with abnormal electrolytes and toxins) are taken from your body and brought to the dialysis machine. Then the good blood (blood with good electrolytes and free of toxins) are brought back to your body through the other needle in the fistula. The fistula provides the avenue where your blood can be treated.
Dr. Robert WorthingtonKirsch
Phlebology 35 years experience
"short circuit": A patient who is on dialysis needs the machine to clean toxins from the blood that the kidneys usually do. The patient's blood needs to get out of the body, through the machine, and back into the body. A dialysis fistula is made by sewing a vein to an artery. This short-circuits the blood flow and the vein becomes dilated because it experiences arterial pressures. This can be used for access.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How long can a person live on dialysis?

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Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
For Years: People can survive for years on dialysis while they wait for a kidney transplant.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can anyone of any age get gastrointestinal fistula?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Although it would be very rare in children and more common as you get older.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is gastrointestinal fistula in the us?

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Dr. Ihor Zakaluzny
General Surgery 38 years experience
Not common: Gastrointestinal fistulae occur most often as complications of diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel disease such as crohn's disease, or after bowel surgeries, .
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can I exercise after dialysis, and will it help my health?

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Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Diabetology 29 years experience
Carefully: Exercise is alway beneficial to one's health but with diabetes with risk is hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia can also occur with kidney failure and dialysis. The key is frequent glucose monitoring before, during, & after exercise. It may be best to exercise on the days you do not have dialysis but monitor frequently and also always carry something with you to treat or prevent hypoglycemia.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Does dialysis give you more energy or less?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
More: Although the process of dialysis may be uncomfortable, most patients report feeling much more energetic when it is completed.

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