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What happens to a fistula that fails? Will I need another operation to remove it?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Not usually

Please try not to let it fail.
As an interventional radiologist, i open fistulas all the time. Have it checked if not working correctly. I don't want you to run out of access.

In brief: Not usually

Please try not to let it fail.
As an interventional radiologist, i open fistulas all the time. Have it checked if not working correctly. I don't want you to run out of access.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Why did it fail?

It depends on why your fistula failed.
If it is clotted, then fistulas can often be "de-clotted" and used again. If it fails and can not be de-clotted, then you will need a dialysis catheter until a new long term dialysis access can be placed. We usually do not take out old failed fistulas or grafts unless they are infected.

In brief: Why did it fail?

It depends on why your fistula failed.
If it is clotted, then fistulas can often be "de-clotted" and used again. If it fails and can not be de-clotted, then you will need a dialysis catheter until a new long term dialysis access can be placed. We usually do not take out old failed fistulas or grafts unless they are infected.
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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