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Are you more likely to be depressed after having an av shunt put in?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Having to start dialysis is a major alteration to one's lifestyle. Typically people require dialysis 3 times a week for 3-4 hrs during each session. This can be depressing.
Dr. Christopher Bulger
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
Yes: Situational depression is common in patients recently diagnosed with life changing/threatening diseases such as renal failure or severe kidney disease. However please remember many patients continue with fulfilling lives while on dialysis.

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