Also called: Arteriovenous Fistula for Dialysis
Dialysis (short for hemodialysis) is the process of using a machine to clean wastes and fluids from your blood when your kidneys are no longer able to do the job on their own.
In order to receive dialysis, a doctor installs a port to give them access to your blood. The preferred style of access is an Arteriovenous (AV) fistula. An AV fistula is a surgical connection of an artery and a vein, usually in the arm you use less often.