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Dialysis Access

Dialysis access is necessary in patients whose kidneys have failed (renal failure) and require access to circulate and filter their blood. The access is usually in the arm or leg and allows blood to be removed and returned quickly, efficiently, and safely during dialysis.

Creating the access is a surgical procedure. The options for access may include:

  • Temporary or permanent catheters placed into a large vein through the skin
  • Fistula
  • Graft

Physicians who perform this treatment