The role of surgery for assisted maturation after endovascular and percutaneous arteriovenous fistula creation

Karl A. Illig, Charmaine Lok, Dheeraj K. Rajan, John Aruny, Eric Peden, Peter Nelson, Mark J. London, John R. Ross

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Even in the best of circumstances, a significant number of patients will require adjunctive endovascular and/or surgical revision prior to achieving functional patency after endovascular or percutaneous AVF creation, at least within the United States. This rate appears to be higher after percutaneous AVF than after endovascular AVF, although because published reports of the former are mostly derived from American experience and those of the latter derived from experience outside the United States, it is unclear whether these differences are due to the technique itself or cultural and/or anatomic differences in dialysis access practices and patient populations. If arterial inflow is poor, this should be corrected first. When flow is adequate (perhaps 900 cc/min) but no single vein is cannulatable, a dominant suitable vein can be superficialized or transposed. If no suitable vein is dominant (most accurately assessed by using an intraoperative flowmeter), the best vein can be used, with or without occlusion of the other veins or reimplantation into the brachial artery. Finally, if the original anastomosis remains the sole supply to the cannulated vein, the original fistula has achieved assisted primary maturation (and assisted primary patency continues), while if a new arteriovenous anastomosis has been constructed, the original fistula has failed. We point out that for this reason as well as to best utilize the upper arm for later access, endovascular and percutaneous AVFs should be constructed and maintained within an atmosphere where both surgeons and non-surgeons work together on the overall access plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)822-830
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vascular Access
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Percutaneous AV fistula
  • access maturation
  • basilic vein transposition
  • brachial vein transposition
  • endovascular AV fistula

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Nephrology


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