More than 20 million Americans have chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is defined as any condition that causes reduced function of the kidneys over time, and it can eventually worsen to end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
In this case, dialysis – a process in which the body’s blood supply is gradually removed, cleaned and reintroduced to the body – or a kidney transplant would be needed.
To receive hemodialysis, you will likely need a fistula. A fistula is the gold standard for performing hemodialysis and is formed by surgically connecting an artery and a vein in your arm under the skin. This is where your vascular system is accessed for the dialysis.
Please tell us
When you come to Atlantic General Hospital, we want to be sure that we can provide you with the best care possible.
If you have chronic kidney disease, please let your health care team know immediately about your condition so we can protect your veins. Veins can be delicate and, if damaged, cannot be used for hemodialysis.
Hands first: protect your veins
Becoming an active participant in your own health care is an essential part of staying healthy. It is important to understand your kidney disease and protect your veins, just in case you need hemodialysis one day.
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