Any surgery can be scary, and it can help to know ahead of time what to expect. Doing a little homework can help you approach the process with more peace of mind. Plan ahead to get your AV fistula before you need to use it, it will help you stay in charge and feel more in control of your life.
Getting ready for surgery
You can find out about the surgery and do some simple exercises to make your blood vessels larger for the surgeon to work with.
What to expect
AV fistulas can be made in more than one way. If you learn the options, you'll be able to talk with the surgeon about what to expect in your case.
Often, you can choose between general and local anesthesia to have an AV fistula. General anesthesia makes you unconscious. Local anesthesia leaves you awake, but numbs the skin of your AV fistula site.
What does it feel like to recover from AV fistula surgery?