Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF)
An arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein. The connection alters the blood flow so that blood moves directly from an artery into veins, bypassing capillaries that extract nutrients and oxygen and nourish body tissue. AVFs occur most commonly in the legs, but can develop anywhere in the body. They may be surgically created to assist with dialysis in people with severe kidney disease. A large untreated arteriovenous fistula can lead to serious complications because tissue below receives diminished blood supply.
Best in Care
The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the art facility for adults and children affected by arteriovenous fistula. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that restore the normal blood flow altered by AVFs. Recovery times are shorter with minimally invasive surgeries, because no incision is made.