Creation of A-V Fistula for Renal Dialysis

Top Creation of A-V Fistula for Renal Dialysis in Dubai

 An AV fistula is a connection that’s made between an artery and a vein for dialysis access.


If you have been diagnosed with End-Stage Renal Disease and require dialysis, you will need to have a dialysis access placed. An AV fistula is considered the best choice because it generally lasts longer and has fewer problems. This is why Dr Jamil Al Jamali focuses on this method of dialysis in his practice.

What Is An AV Fistula?

An AV fistula or an arteriovenous fistula connects an artery and a vein. Usually placed in the arm, the AV fistula makes the blood flow from the artery into the vein. This, in turn, increases blood pressure, therefore making the vein expand. The enlarged veins can then deliver the necessary amount of blood flow adequate for hemodialysis treatment.

AV fistulas are the preferred vascular access for long-term dialysis because they last longer than any other dialysis access types. They are also less prone to infection and clotting, making their performance reliable and predictable.

Why Should You Choose AV Fistula?

  • It remains functional longer than other forms of vascular access
  • There is no synthetic material implanted in your body
  • It can provide the necessary blood flow needed for effective dialysis, which may decrease treatment time
  • There is a lower risk of infection
  • There is a lower likelihood of clotting than other dialysis access options
  • It has been created as a day care procedure under local anaesthesia
  • You can expect a fast return to your daily activities

How AV Fistula Is Performed?

Although the fistula is generally created on the arm, it may be created on the leg depending on the patient and their needs. The procedure takes a few hours, making it a daycare procedure. The patient can go home a few hours after their surgery. The surgery itself takes place through the following steps:

  • First, Dr Jamil evaluates your veins and arteries, ensuring that they are healthy enough to support a fistulae.
  • After a thorough evaluation, he determined the size and depth of your blood vessels using non-invasive or minimally invasive tests such as ultrasound or an angiogram. These further ascertain your vessels capability in supporting the fistula.
  • Local anaesthesia is administered to the chosen access site.
  • Next, Dr Jamil makes a small incision at the selected site and a surgical connection is created between an artery and a vein.
  • The blood flows from the artery into the vein, enlarging the vein and thickening its walls. Then the incision is closed, allowing the fistula to mature.
  • It can take between several weeks to months for the fistula to mature enough so it can be used for haemodialysis treatments.

Where will I perform the procedure?

Joint Commission International (JCI) works to improve patient safety and quality of health care in the international community by offering education, publications, advisory services, and international accreditation and certification. It is the recognized global leader in healthcare accreditation with the highest standards built on maximum safety and minimum risk.

There are a couple of hospital options that I affiliated with, which accredited by JCI. I will perform your surgery at either one of the distinguished, cutting edge hospitals in Dubai. You may opt for one during the consultation.

How Is Recovery After AV Fistula?

As stated earlier, AV fistula creation is generally done as an outpatient or daycare procedure and does not require overnight hospitalization. You should be able to go home a few hours after the procedure is completed.

There will be some swelling and pain at the incision or access site. Therefore, you need to keep the access arm elevated. The swelling and pain reduce over time. Dr Jamil also prescribes painkillers to manage the pain post-operation. You will also receive specific directions about how to care for your access arm. Following these instructions ensures a smoother, more comfortable and faster recovery.

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