Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital offer dialysis support procedures – fistulagrams and dialysis catheters. A fistula is a passage from your kidneys that allows dialysis. We provide fistulagrams which are X-rays of this passage that involve special dye and X-ray equipment. A fistulagram allows the doctor to look at blood flow and be sure there is no blockage in the fistula. Early detection and treatment of a clot or narrowing can improve your fistula’s performance and limit future complications.
When a blockage is detected during a fistulagram, the procedure can identify exactly where the artery or vein is blocked, how severe the blockage is and what is causing the blockage. Blockages or clots can interfere with your dialysis.
You should have someone drive you home after the procedure. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your test. Do not take any blood thinners or aspirin three days prior to your procedure. Be sure to ask your physician about any medications you are taking or any questions your might have about your procedure.
You may resume your normal diet and activities after your fistulagram. If you need pain medicine after you go home, contact your doctor. Perform your dialysis treatment as it is usually scheduled.
We offer fistulagrams in Atlanta at Emory Decatur Hospital and Emory Hillandale Hospital.
If your fistulagram will be performed at Emory Decatur Hospital, you will need to go to the hospital’s central registration area.
If your fistulagram is being performed at Emory Hillandale Hospital, go to the hospital’s registration area.