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Fistula (Arteriovenous AVF)

What is Fistula (Arteriovenous AVF)?

Fistula (Arteriovenous AVF) Procedure is a surgical procedure performed to create vascular access for patients receiving dialysis treatment. This procedure is performed by surgically joining the patient's own artery and vein. This created fistula ensures effective and safe flow of blood to the dialysis machine. One of the biggest advantages of AVF is that it has a lower risk of infection because it is created from the body's own vessels. Additionally, it is considered the gold standard for dialysis patients because it is long-lasting and suitable for repeated use.

Fistula (AVF) Creation Process

Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF) is a natural cannulation point created by surgically joining an artery and vein. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and provides effective vascular access for dialysis treatment.

Advantages of Fistula

Arteriovenous Fistula is longer lasting, causes fewer complications and has a lower risk of infection than other vascular access methods. It is natural and safe because it is created from the body's own veins.

Fistula (Arteriovenous AVF) Care

Regular checking of the fistula is essential to detect signs of obstruction or infection early. Additionally, keeping the fistula area clean and dry optimizes blood flow.

Fistula (Arteriovenous AVF) Maturation

Once the fistula is created, a “maturation” period of several weeks or months is usually required. During this time, the fistula becomes stronger and ready for dialysis.

Fistula Complications

Although AVF carries less risk of complications than other access methods, problems such as obstruction, bleeding or aneurysm formation may occur. Regular check-ups ensure early detection of possible complications.

Fistula Arteriovenous AVF frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Fistula (Arteriovenous AVF)

Generally, hemodialysis treatment is performed 3 days a week and each session lasts 3-5 hours. However, this process may vary depending on the patient's needs and the doctor's recommendations.

There is usually no pain felt during a hemodialysis session. However, a slight pain or discomfort may be felt when the needle is inserted at the access site.

 Hemodialysis patients need to limit their potassium, sodium, phosphorus and fluid intake. They should also be careful about their protein intake. It is recommended that they work with a dietitian for information and guidance on their specific diet.

Yes, hemodialysis patients can travel. However, before the trip, they need to contact the dialysis centers in their destination and plan their treatment hours.

Many patients may feel tired after hemodialysis treatment. Rest time may vary from person to person, but it is generally beneficial to rest for a few hours after treatment.