07/05/13: Reposted of the original 6/30/13 posting
I’ve accumulated some information over the past several months about Dialysis and the Access; the A/V Fistula, the A/V Graft, and the Dialysis Catheter. (This was originally published on 6/30/13 and I’ll leave it up for a few days. )
Dialysis Access Information
I searched for a good reference site about each dialysis access option and found… not much. Many attempt to explain the access from a medical point of view. That’s unnecessary. So, here they are and some quick information about each:
1 – The AV Fistula. This is the result of joining an artery and vein together surgically to provide a place to stick the dialysis needles. It’s the preferred method but it requires that the access “matures” and that takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
2 – The A/V Graft. Similar to the Fistula in that it…
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