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Your doctor has recommended you for a fistulagram. A fistula is a surgical connection between an artery and a vein. It is created to provide enough blood flow at the appropriate pressure to make hemodialysis effective and possible. This procedure is a study of your dialysis fistulas. It can detect problems like clots or narrowing. Marc L. Friedman, MD, Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, heads our team of interventional physicians, nurses and technologists who specialize in these procedures.
Before Arriving for Your Procedure
You will be contacted the evening before regarding your scheduled arrival time.
If you have any question please call Interventional Radiology (310) 423-4125.
It is important that you not eat or drink anything six hours before your exam. Small sips of water may be taken along with your medications.
Please notify us if you are taking glucophage, insulin or a blood thinner.
Please also inform us of any allergies that you may have, especially to contrast materials.
Please bring a list of your medications with you to your exam.
We want to make any time you have to wait as pleasant as possible. Please consider bringing your favorite magazine, book or music player to help you pass any time you have to wait.
Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home.
The technologist and physician will explain your procedure and answer any questions you may have before your exam.
You will be asked to change into a gown and an IV will be started to deliver pain and sedation medication.
During Your Procedure
The Interventional Radiologist will insert a needle into your fistula, contrast will be injected and several x-ray images will be taken.
A fistulagram usually takes 1 to 2 hours to complete.
After Your Procedure
You will be taken to the recovery room where the catheters will be removed. The technologist or physician will apply pressure to the site to prevent bleeding.
You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
To request copies of your pictures on a PC and MAC compatible CD, or a copy of your report, call (310) 423-8000 and follow the prompts for your selection.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (310) 423-8000.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.