AV access for dialysis patients
Options for dialysis
There are two ways to replace the function of the kidney: peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis. Only your nephrologist knows which is the best option for you. At West Coast Vascular, we are proud to provide all the surgical procedures that allow your nephrologist to successfully dialyze you.
What is AV access?
If your nephrologist has chosen hemodialysis for you, we at West Coast Vascular can help. Hemodialysis requires getting hold of a sufficient amount of blood in order to wash it in a dialysis machine. There are three options to access this large amount of blood: dialysis catheter, arteriovenous fistula (AV fistula), or arteriovenous graft (AV graft).