Updated on Nov 30, 2021 by Dr. George Bolotin (Vein & Vascular Specialist) of Vein & Vascular Medical Care
When you receive a diagnosis of kidney failure, you have a number of problems to deal with, your anxiety levels notwithstanding. The last thing you need to worry about is how you’ll go through the treatments successfully. When you rely on the expertise and supportive team of a vascular specialist in Brooklyn, NY, you’ve conquered a big part of the battle. Dr. George Bolotin at the Astra Vein Treatment Center provides arteriovenous (AV) fistula creation and AV grafts to prepare you for dialysis in the best way possible for your specific needs and situation. Call today for a consultation.
An arteriovenous (AV) fistula is a type of port needed for vascular access between an artery and a vein. The surgical vascular access procedure is necessary for hemodialysis. If you have a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or you’re experiencing an acute kidney condition that requires dialysis access management,this is part of the initial preparation for necessary, ongoing, lifesaving treatment.
The surgical intervention to create an AV fistula prepares you for dialysis treatments. The fistula provides easy, reliable access to your blood vessels. The surgical access also creates adequate blood flow for effective hemodialysis treatment.
Vascular surgeons prefer an AV fistula to a graft fistula or even a catheter access for dialysis because the surgical access is more permanent. At the Brooklyn-based Astra Vein Treatment Center, founder Dr. George Bolotin leads a team of specialists who leverage the latest medical technology for fistula formation. Dr. Bolotin is a specialist in Interventional Radiology with a focus on vascular conditions and treatments.
Your vascular specialist does the fistula surgery on your arm, and with this arteriovenous fistula placement, blood flows from an artery directly into your vein. Ideally, the fistula access surgery takes place about six months before your first session of dialysis. AV fistula creation involves several steps that include:
Without treating the veins, it’s impossible to do regular hemodialysis sessions. Untreated veins can’t withstand repeated needle insertions and can collapse during the procedure. Vascular specialists use state-of-the-art technology to review the health of your veins and determine if you’re an acceptable candidate for AV fistula surgery.
While there are multiple vascular access options for hemodialysis, you need to have thick veins to withstand the process. Fistula surgery has a wider range of benefits that include:
Other important points that you need to consider about AV fistula surgery include:
After a kidney disease diagnosis, your doctor explains the options for vascular access. Top among these is a fistula formation. Most people are apprehensive about fistula placement, but with the right information, you discover the positive impact this surgical procedure has on your future dialysis treatment.
The team at the Astra Vein Treatment Center offer personalized vascular procedures that start with a thorough review of your veins and arteries. The team leverages modern equipment for imaging tests to improve the success rate of vascular surgical procedures. It’s the advantage of visiting an Interventional Radiologist. Contact Dr. Bolotin for the best vascular access options to improve your hemodialysis treatments.Dr. George Bolotin has either authored or reviewed and approved this content. Vein & Vascular Medical Care