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What is a Fistula? Why is this the Best Kidney Dialysis Access? by Michael Aaronson MD Facebook Posted Wed 28 Jul 2010 11:43pm Dr. Aaronson recommends a fistula for dialysis access In order to avoid infection, nephrologists recommend placement of a fistula in order to perform the kidney dialysis procedure. In the figure above, the red line represents an artery (oxygenated blood coming from the heart) and the blue line represents a vein ... Read on »
It's a boil! It's a wound! No! It's a fistula, man! by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 2:57pm I have a fistula in my left upper arm. I have so many people staring at it that I get a little uncomfortable at times. Now, fistulae generally are a little gross to see. Mine has the arterial vein dilated like crazy. That makes it even worse. Generally, my shirt or T shirt sleeve covers it but when a small part of it is visible ... Read on »
Fistula pain by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 29 Nov 2010 5:42am For the last couple of days I have been having some pain in the venous site of my AV Fistula. I changed the location of the cannulation. I am actually at Care Hospital, waiting outside Dr. P. C. Gupta's OP room for my turn. Dr. P. C. Gupta is a vascular surgeon. I suspect that there is an infection at that site. There was a similar pain a coup ... Read on »
Moving from a jugular to a fistula: mixed feelings by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 06 Nov 2011 9:06pm When I was put on dialysis way back in 1997, I was given an AV Shunt. It was a small surgery, done in an Operation Theater. Dialysis was totally painless. The arterial and venous lines were connected to the two ends of the shunt and dialysis would be done. Shunts are outdated these days with the preferred mode of a temporary access for dialy ... Read on »
Fistula infected by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 28 Nov 2012 8:59pm My fistula is infected now like never before. I have been put on very strong oral antibiotics. I have also been given an intravenous dose of a vancomycin, a very potent antibiotic. I was advised to avoid dialysis yesterday to give the fistula rest for a day. In fact the nephrologist was also suggesting that I might need to skip dialysis for one ... Read on »
Fistula infection by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Fri 11 Oct 2013 9:16pm On Tuesday, dialysis ended normally. Around 10:30 in the morning however, I felt pain in the venous puncture site. There was a slight swelling around the puncture site. I was wearing a formal shirt which had full sleeves and the cloth kept touching my puncture site and made the discomfort worse. One more reason for me to hate formal clothes at ... Read on »
Fistula troubling yet again by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sat 24 Nov 2012 8:15pm For the last few weeks, I have been having problems with my fistula. My venous site got slightly infected and I had to abandon it and develop a new site. (I use the buttonhole technique for my cannulation which means developing a tunnel by cannulating at the same site at the same angle for 5-6 times and then using blunt needles thereafter.) The ... Read on »
State of the fistula by Kamal S. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Sun 13 Sep 2009 10:02pm I was visited by a team from Fresenius recently. They are planning to start home hemo training in India and wanted to see my setup. When they came, we discussed my treatment and they saw my fistula. They were quite alarmed. They said I should have it checked right away. They thought it was very risky to have such a huge fistula and it could rupture ... Read on »
Fistula Perils by Nathan M. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 8:41pm Hello everyone. I have had quite the adventure this week. I'll start out with last Saturday. I had my dialysis treatment at 6 am so that I could spend the rest of the day with Jenny. The dialysis technician that I had told me that it looked like my regular-shift technicians were using the same area of my fistula too much. He suggested that t ... Read on »
Fistula Revision is Healing by Nathan M. Patient Expert Posted Wed 01 Oct 2008 8:41pm I saw my vascular surgeon yesterday afternoon. I went in for a follow-up appointment to the fistula revision that I had done at the end of November. He ran the sonogram wand over my arm for about 15 minutes, and he said that the revision is healing very nicely. He also said that I would be ready to use it again in about three weeks. So, tha ... Read on »