How can I extend the life of my AV fistula?

How can I extend the life of my AV fistula?

The longevity of an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is determined by a number of factors, including the type of surgery performed, the location of the access, the patient's age, and the patient's overall health.

Here are some ideas for extending the life of hemodialysis vascular access:

  • Proper care: Proper care and maintenance of the AVF can assist extend its longevity. This involves keeping the area clean and dry, avoiding tight clothes or jewellery, and avoiding activities that might cause trauma or harm to the operation site.
  • Regular monitoring: Regular monitoring of the AVF by a vascular surgeon (VS) is important to spot any problems early on.This can involve regularly testing the blood flow rate, looking for evidence of infection or inflammation, looking for signs of clotting or obstructions, and ultrasound mapping the fistula.
  • Exercise: Exercise can assist enhance blood flow and keep the dialysis access in good condition. Patients on hemodialysis should consult with their VS to discover what forms of exercise are appropriate for them.
  • Avoid smoking: Smoking can cause damage to the blood vessels, which can impact the lifespan of the AVF. Patients should avoid smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.
  • Maintain a healthy diet: A nutritious diet can assist enhance blood flow and maintain the AVF's health. To establish what dietary adjustments are suitable for them, patients should consult with their nephrologist and vascular surgeon.

Overall, careful treatment, regular monitoring, exercise, quitting smoking, and eating a nutritious diet can all help an AV fistula live longer. Patients having hemodialysis vascular access should consult their nephrologist and vascular surgeon for further advice and support.

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