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Arteriovenous Graft Creation for Hemodialysis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about an arteriovenous graft (AVG) creation?

An AVG creation is surgery to connect an artery to a vein using a graft. A graft is an artificial tube. You may need an AVG if your artery and vein cannot be directly joined together for hemodialysis. The AVG is usually placed in your forearm or upper arm.

How do I prepare for an AVG creation?

What will happen during an AVG creation?

What should I expect after an AVG creation?

What are the risks of an AVG creation?

You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. Your AVG may become narrow or blocked. This may stop blood flow through your AVG, or to your arm or hand. You may need surgery to fix this or create another AVG. You may get a blood clot in your arm or leg. This may become life-threatening.

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