Arteriovenous Graft

What is Arteriovenous Graft Surgery?

Arteriovenous (AV) graft surgery is a surgical procedure that connects an artery to a vein using a graft or plastic tube. The graft is placed under the skin and is used during dialysis or to treat weakened blood vessels.

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What to Expect

Before having an AV graft placed, your vascular surgeon will give you pre-surgery instructions including how long to fast and what medications can and can’t be taken before the procedure.

On the day of surgery, you will be given local anesthesia to help you relax and an IV will be started.  

During the surgery, a vascular surgeon will make an incision to connect an artery to a vein (usually in the arm or thigh) with a graft. Your surgeon will then restore blood flow through the blood vessels and close the incision site.

After the procedure is over, you will be sent to a recovery room and once your vital signs are stable you will be discharged from the hospital. You may feel a buzzing at the graft site but this should subside after a few days.

To schedule an appointment or for more information please call 314.747.9355 or toll-free 877.747.9355 or email us.