Gurgaon: For those who have suffered a kidney failure, dialysis provides a new lease of life. During dialysis, the blood from a patient`s body is taken to a machine, cleaned and returned. The machine functions as an artificial kidney and the process of dialysis generally takes about four hours. The most popular way of doing dialysis is through the AV Fistula, where an artery, particularly in the forearm, is connected to a vein. After the fistula is created, the patient goes through hemo-dialysis, where the blood is removed from the body through a needle and returned through another needle after cleaning. In other words, the Fistulas function as a life-line for patients. The dialysis has to ensure that the amount of blood cleaned during the hemo-dialysis is up to the required volume. To enable this, the vascular access should allow continuous high volumes of blood flow. There are occasions when the Fistula may fail to do so. To prevent this, one has to take proper care of the Fistulas. How to ensure that this does not happen? Or, what steps can one take when it does happen. Firstly, as soon as a Fistula is made, the patient should be advised to visit the vascular/interventional radiology department of the hospital to have a check. Ultrasound Doppler should be performed, preferably on the seventh day of Fistula surgery to examine how the newly created Fistula is functioning and maturing.
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