Whether you have a fistula, a graft, or a catheter installed, it's important to care for your dialysis access to ensure its correct operation. Immediately after surgery, it's important to care for your wound and look for redness and swelling in the days and weeks that follow. While kidney disease is mostly a hidden condition, fistulas and grafts can take some getting used to and may be noticed by others.
- Stenosis can be a problem, with this condition recognized by a narrow spot that can reduce or stop blood flow. Stenosis can lead to blood clots, which can sometimes be recognized by high-pressure readings, longer bleeding after treatment, and a high pitched sound from your bruit.
- Blood clots can also cause problems, even when there is no pressure sensation or bruit sound. It's important to seek medical help immediately if you think your access is clotting.
- An aneurysm is a weak bulging spot that can lead to rupture. If you see any large bumps on your fistula, it's important to seek medical help as soon as possible.
If you need assistance with dialysis or require a dialysis access from a leading vascular specialist, please contact our expert team at Vascular Health Center.