ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
TURKISH JOURNAL OF
THORACIC AND
CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
The importance of multidisciplinary approach for the quality of life of hemodialysis patients with an arteriovenous fistula
İlker Alat1, Mehmet Beşir Akpınar1, Funda Bahçeci2, Hülya Taşkapan2, Ramazan Kutlu3, Kaya Saraç3, Bektaş Battaloğlu1, Vedat Nisanoğlu1
1İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Turgut Özal Tıp Merkezi, Kalp ve Damar Cerrahisi Anabilim Dalı, Malatya
2İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Turgut Özal Tıp Merkezi,İç Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Malatya
3İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Turgut Özal Tıp Merkezi,Radyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Malatya
The factors affecting the long-term success of arteriovenous fistulae for hemodialysis were evaluated in five patients. The sufficiency of circulation before establishing an arteriovenous fistula is of great relavence for a cardiovascular surgeon. Changes in the patient’s preoperative condition alters the strategy of the operation. The most important factor for long-term postoperative improvement of arteriovenous fistulae is training of the hemodialysis personnel. Invasive radiologists are also of important associates of cardiovascular surgeons to achieve success. It should be recalled that surgery for arteriovenous fistula confers a meaningful life on the patient. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach is emphasized.
Keywords : Arteriovenous shunt, surgical/methods; renal dialysis; suture techniques; thrombosis/prevention & control; vascular patency; vascular resistance
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