Getting a Fistula

Mar 31, 2017

Do know what a fistula is and how it effects dialysis patients? A fistula is the access used for dialysis made by joining a vein in the arm and an artery. For many patients, it is considered the most common form of permanent access for dialysis. There are numerous reasons to consider making a fistula your choice for access, so it is important to be educated regarding what it does and some of the potential benefits. Here are some things you should know.

The Benefits of a Fistula

In most cases, individuals choose to go with a fistula instead of a catheter. There are numerous reasons to do so, including the following:

  • Individuals who opt to have a fistula have reported to have great physical activity without many limitations.
  • Fistulas provide better treatments than a catheter which is part of the reason patients report feeling better, more energized, than when they have treatment with a catheter.
  • Patients also report having improved energy.
  • There has also been an increased social well-being reported by patients using a fistula.
  • Patients using a fistula have an easier time showering than when they have a catheter.
  • Overall, patients with a fistula have reported a greater perception of their health.

The fistula is often used for patients who must go through long-term dialysis treatment because it provides a permanent access point. At the end of the day, the choice regarding the type and method of treatment provided is dependent on the decisions of the patient and his or her doctor.

At Satellite Healthcare, we aim to ensure our patients receive the best care possible. We can discuss your options with you, explain how we can help, and provide the dialysis treatment you need during this time. We encourage you to speak with our team about what situation would work best for you and how you can benefit from any of the potential methods used for dialysis.

When you need help, Satellite Healthcare is here. Call today to learn more.

Categories: Kidneys