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How should I prepare for dialysis?

Several weeks or months before your first hemodialysis treatment, your doctor will need to prepare an access site to your bloodstream. This procedure is called arteriovenous (AV) fistula, and is done in the hospital with an overnight stay, though it can also be performed on an outpatient basis. An AV fistula artificially connects a vein with an artery and is usually placed in your forearm. An AV fistula is prepared before hemodialysis with enough time to allow the site to heal before treatment.

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