Patients with kidney disease who require dialysis need vascular access. For dialysis to work, blood has to leave the body, move through a dialysis machine (artificial kidney) and then go back into the body. This is possible with vascular access - a vascular surgeon uses a synthetic (manmade) tube, or graft, to connect an artery to a vein. The graft is placed under the skin and becomes an artificial vein that can be used repeatedly for needle placement and blood access during hemodialysis.
Learn more about this procedure at the Norton Vascular Access Center.
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