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Can you tell me how the procedure for av fistula placement works?
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Dr. William Purtill
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees
In brief: It works well.
A fistula is the best option for long-term hemodialysis.
Your own artery and vein are connected in a small surgical procedure. It takes 6 weeks or more to grow or mature and then 2 needles are inserted for dialysis. There is no artificial material as in an av graft so the fistulas stay open. See www, fistulafirst, org for more info.

In brief: It works well.
A fistula is the best option for long-term hemodialysis.
Your own artery and vein are connected in a small surgical procedure. It takes 6 weeks or more to grow or mature and then 2 needles are inserted for dialysis. There is no artificial material as in an av graft so the fistulas stay open. See www, fistulafirst, org for more info.
Dr. William Purtill
Dr. William Purtill
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: Surgery
Surgery to connect arm artery and arm vein together. Check out emedicine.
Medscape.Com and look at dialysis fistulas.

In brief: Surgery
Surgery to connect arm artery and arm vein together. Check out emedicine.
Medscape.Com and look at dialysis fistulas.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Alan Koslow
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Very well
Sorry for quip. You hook up an artery and a vein so the vein gets thicker and bigger and carries more blood so that there is enough to flow through dialysis machine.

In brief: Very well
Sorry for quip. You hook up an artery and a vein so the vein gets thicker and bigger and carries more blood so that there is enough to flow through dialysis machine.
Dr. Alan Koslow
Dr. Alan Koslow
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Dr. William Purtill
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Edit web address
It should read as www.Fistulafirst.Org.

In brief: Edit web address
It should read as www.Fistulafirst.Org.
Dr. William Purtill
Dr. William Purtill
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