Gary Maytham MPhil FRCS
Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon

Angio-Access for Haemodialysis

People with end-stage renal failure require either a renal transplant or haemodialysis for continued survival.

Angioaccess for Haemodialysis

The use of an arteriovenous fistula is the safest method for receiving haemodialysis.

Haemodialysis removes waste products and extra fluid from the blood, which build up when a person’s kidneys are no longer able to function properly. It involves blood being taken out and returned to the body. This is best achieved by using an arteriovenous fistula.

Making the connection

This is created by doing a procedure where a small artery and vein are connected, which results in the vein increasing in size and becoming thicker walled, which in turn allows the needles for dialysis to be placed.

This mechanism for dialysis is associated with more successful treatment and fewer complications than other techniques, such as the use of tunnelled lines.