Kidney Int Rep
© 2020 Since the arteriovenous fistula (AVF) was first conceived over 50 years ago, the goal to create a vascular conduit with predictable and reproducible maturation and durability continues to elude caregivers. Recently, however, advances in the understanding of vascular biology and new technologies now provides us with some optimism; we are moving toward a viable solution. A quickly maturing, sustainable, and durable arteriovenous access may soon be attainable. This review will discuss these advances. There are novel approaches to AVF creation and devices to enhance maturation, advances in arteriovenous graft material(s), and devices to safely prolong the use of tunneled dialysis catheters. Although hemodialysis (HD) access remains a complex problem, these innovations may lead the way to optimizing the care and the quality of life of those patients who have no choice but to proceed with HD.
Faculty; Northwell Resident
School of Medicine; Northwell Health