Percutaneous AV Fistula Creation
What is a Percutaneous AV Fistula Creation?
By using just needles, wires and an ultrasound machine we 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.
Why would you need 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.
Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.
Conditions to let us know about
Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.
Percutaneous AV Fistula Creations are covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.
Preparing for your procedure
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.
Recovering from your procedure
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. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.