Dialysis Access

Dialysis Access
UNC offers the full spectrum of dialysis access procedures, including creating access points for both types of dialysis. For hemodialysis, UNC vascular specialists create the access point by surgically making a connection between an artery and vein just beneath the skin surface, a configuration known as a fistula. After a fistula is created, usually in the arm, the vein stretches and becomes stronger over time, allowing for more rapid blood flow, thus creating an ideal access point for repeated connection to a hemodialysis machine.