Post-Op Care and Recovery

These resources will tell you how to help develop your new AV fistula after surgery:


Caring for & Developing Your New Fistula: What You Should Know

Tri-fold brochure tells you about exercises you can do after fistula surgery to help the fistula develop well and mature faster.  Also covers how to care for your new fistula, including listening to the bruit, feeling for the thrill, and watching for signs of problems.  From ESRD Network 12.


Putting "U" in Fistula

Twelve page newsletter tells you what to expect after fistula placement surgery.  From ESRD Network 12.


Maintaining Your Lifeline

Twelve page newsletter explains what to do after fistula surgery, including exercises to help the fistula mature and a list of symptoms that need emergency attention.  From ESRD Network12.


Choosing Your Hemodialysis Vascular Access

Two page article (pages 6-7) describes how to take care of a new access.  Also includes a list of problem signs to look for, and tips for preventing access problems.  From NKF's Family Focus newsletter.


Kidney School Module 8 - Vascular Access: A Lifeline for Dialysis

Illustrated, 27-page module describes healing time and tips on how to help a fistula mature faster.  From Life Options' Kidney School (MEI).


Phase 2: AAKP Patient Plan

Fifty seven page book (pages 5-6), Access and Initiation, describes exercises that will help your fistula work better, and how to check your new fistula after surgery.  From the AAKP.


Please Note: Before printing any of these resources, we recommend that you check your printer settings to determine the correct page orientation for the document.  Some tools may need to be printed in the 'Landscape' format to avoid cutting off any of the text.


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