If you are a patient who is experiencing kidney failure, hemodialysis will become a part of your life. This is the treatment that involves the gradual removal of your blood as it is sent through a specialized filter in order to remove waste products from your blood, doing the job that your kidneys would regularly do on their own. Once the blood is filtered, it is sent back into your body. You will need to undergo this treatment several times a week.
In order to make treatment possible, our doctor will recommend some type of vascular hemodialysis access in order to ease the transfer of blood from and to your body. An arteriovenous graft is a connection that is made surgically between a vein and an artery. A plastic tube is inserted in order to create the connection. By inserting an arteriovenous graft, often in your arm as the most convenient location, it will ease the treatment process.
What is Involved in an Arteriovenous Graft Procedure?
The first step will be to map out your blood vessels through the use of specialized technology. Our doctor will use the results to determine the best location for your arteriovenous graft to maximize blood flow during your treatments. You can expect an outpatient procedure. With proper care, this type of hemodialysis access can last for years. You do need to be aware of the potential risk for clotting and infection with an arteriovenous graft. However, with close monitoring and conscientious care, you should be able to avoid complications.
Why Do You Need an Arteriovenous Graft?
When undergoing hemodialysis on a regular basis, it takes a great toll on your veins. Without hemodialysis access, your vein would collapse, unable to withstand your treatments. An arteriovenous graft can withstand the pressure as large amounts of blood are transferred during the dialysis process. Whether you have an arteriovenous graft or some other type of vascular access will be up to our doctor. The main goal is to find the best possible way to ease the transfer of blood during dialysis in order to make your treatments as effective as possible.
Ask Our Doctor About an Arteriovenous Graft
If you are about to begin the journey of hemodialysis or you are already underway, you will need to think about the best form of vascular access that will work for you. You can explore your options, including an arteriovenous graft for hemodialysis access. If your existing type of vascular access is not working well for you, an arteriovenous graft may be your best bet. Visit Peripheral Vascular Associates to learn more about your options. For your utmost convenience, we have offices in San Antonio, Boerne, Corpus Christi, Del Rio, Floresville, Hondo, Jourdanton, New Braunfels and Uvalde. Contact us today to request a consultation.