Hemodialysis is a way to remove wastes from the blood when your
kidneys can no longer do the job. It is not a cure, but it can help you live
longer and feel better. It is a lifesaving treatment when you have kidney
failure. Hemodialysis is often called dialysis.
Before you can
start dialysis, a doctor will create a place where the blood can flow in and
out of your body during dialysis. This is called the hemodialysis
(or vascular) access.
There are two basic types of permanent
You will get medicine to numb the area and help you
feel relaxed during the surgery. The doctor will make a
cut on the forearm of the arm you use the least. This cut is called an incision. The doctor
will close it with stitches. The incision will leave a scar that
fades with time.
You will probably go home the same day as the
surgery. You will probably need to take 1 or 2 days off from work after the
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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