Renal Services Hemodialysis Vascular Access

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Renal Services "Home"
  -- Site Services And Locations
Physicians And Staff
  -- James McAnally, MD
  -- Joseph McTernan
Hemodialysis Overview
  -- Hemodialysis Vascular Access
  -- Hemodialysis FAQ
End-Stage Renal Disease Overview
  -- End-Stage Renal FAQ
Peritoneal Dialysis Overview
  -- Peritoneal Dialysis FAQ
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Overview
  -- Chronic Kidney Disease FAQ
THRIVE Program
  -- THRIVE Program Story 1
  -- THRIVE Program Story 2
  -- THRIVE Program Story 3
KEEP Program
-- KEEP Program Events

There are three (3) types of dialysis vascular accesses: catheters, grafts, and arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) that are used for hemodialysis.

A catheter is considered a temporary access for use while a patient awaits a permanent access. Catheters are usually placed in the neck, chest, or groin, depending on usage time.

A graft is a more permanent access consisting of a synthetic tubing placed in the arm. Grafts require replacement over time.

An AVF is a permanent access created by joining a patient's vein and artery together. AVFs are considered the longest lasting and healthiest access type.

Together with your physician, surgeon, and care team, the best access placement will be chosen for your care.



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