When is a vascular shunt used?

Temporary flow. A vascular shunt is a small tube that is inserted into a blood vessel to allow flow around a site of injury or temporary occlusion. Most commonly these are used in trauma when an artery is damaged and a section must be removed to repair it. They are also commonly used in carotid artery surgery to maintain blood flow to the brain while the artery is cleaned.

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How long after vascular shunt placement can I begin dialysis?

Depends. With a vascular fistula, you can not use it for 2 to 3 months. While if you have a vascular graft, you can not use it for 1 month. Read more...
Depends. Most access surgeons will recommend 1-2 weeks after placement. This is to allow scar to form around the graft so that your risk of bleeding/infection after accessing with needles is lower. In an emergency, it can be used sooner. Read more...