A hemodialysis access, also known as a vascular access, is a method of reaching the blood for hemodialysis. The access lets blood to flow through soft tubes to the dialysis machine, where it is cleansed by passing through a specific filter known as a dialyzer. A small operation is used to insert an access. As a hemodialysis patient, you have one of the following options:
If you have a fistula or graft access, your nurse or technician will insert two needles into the access at the start of each treatment. These needles are linked to soft tubing that connects to a dialysis machine. Your blood enters the machine via one of the tubes, is cleansed in the dialyzer, and then returned to you via the other tube. If you have a catheter, you can attach it directly to the dialysis tubes without using needles.
A fistula is the best option for your access since it lasts longer and has fewer complications such as infections and clotting. Some individuals, however, may be unable to obtain a fistula because their blood vessels are insufficiently robust. A graft is considered the second best option for gaining access. Catheters are often used for temporary access, although they can also be used permanently. It is sometimes attainable to transition from another form of access to a fistula. whether you do not have a fistula, ask your dialysis care team whether you may switch.’
Fistula or Graft
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