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 (artifical kidney) and then go back into the body. This is possible with vascular access - a vascular surgeon creates a fistula by connecting an artery to a vein (generally in the arm). The arterial-venous fistula is useful because it causes the vein to grow larger and stronger for easy access to the blood system.
Learn more about this procedure at the Norton Vascular Access Center .
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