Non-Surgical Hemodialysis Fistula Creation (EndoAVF)
What is a Percutaneous AV Fistula Creation?
This procedure should be considered for patients with renal failure who need dialysis. A screening ultrasound is needed to find out if the patient is an appropriate candidate for this procedure.
How is a Percutaneous AV Fistula Creation performed?
By using just needles, wires and an ultrasound machine, physicians are able to create an anastomosis between the vein and artery without using surgical incisions or sutures. The technique used by us is considered minimally invasive and is very well tolerated by the patient. Because it is a non-surgical procedure, the recovery time is significantly decreased. Follow up for the creation can occur in our outpatient setting.
Prior to Your Procedure
Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you. Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners. If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. If your procedure requires sedation, then you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.
Post Procedure & Follow Up
You may possibly receive mild to moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity.