I just had av fistula surgery a couple of days ago. aside from swelling and a little bleeding, I'm ok.
I wasn't given any literature on my bandage and when to remove, I think they said 72 hours, but I'm not sure about that. I think it's strange that I would have to do this because I don't know what to do if the site is messed up in some way. Is there a guide on this??
Don, your dialysis center should instruct you what to do. Also, I cannot believe that your Vasc Surgeon did not make a follow up appointment with you to see him in a couple days post op. Typically 48 hours is the set time, abnormalities would be; oozing, bleeding, inflammation near the anastamosis, and a grade temperature. Always check with your nursing staff if you have any of those above Sx.
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