ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Transposition of basilic vein in forearm for arteriovenous fistula creation: Our mid-term results
Hacı Alper Uzun1, Ömer Faruk Çiçek2, Mustafa Seren1
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Ankara Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Selçuk University Medical Faculty Hospital, Konya, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2019.17600
Background: In this study, we aimed to present our mid-term results of basilic vein transposition in the forearm to create an arteriovenous fistula.

Methods: Between January 2015 and October 2017, a total of 21 patients (13 males, 8 females; mean age 54.2±11.3 years; range, 32 to 74 years) with an adequate basilic vein and radial arterial systems who underwent basilic vein transposition in the forearm were retrospectively analyzed. All operations were performed under local anesthesia and mild sedation. The basilic vein was harvested using a single incision from elbow joint to wrist as an in situ vein graft. If the harvested basilic vein did not extend easily to the radial artery in the wrist region, the saphenous vein was harvested to extend arteriovenous fistula tract.

Results: The mean follow-up was 25.3±9.8 (range, 2 to 32) months. All patients underwent arteriovenous access surgery using transposed basilic vein in the forearm. In all patients, except for two, transposed basilic vein in the forearm stayed patent during follow-up with a patency rate of 90.5%. The mean fistula maturation time was 45.2±10.7 (range, 28 to 59) days.

Conclusion: If cephalic vein diameters are too small for arteriovenous fistula creation, basilic vein system in the medial surface of the forearm may be considered a favorable option.

Keywords : Arteriovenous fistula, basilic vein, forearm, patency
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