Going Home after a Fistulagram
You had an X-ray procedure that checks the blood flow through your hemodialysis access. It looks for any areas of narrowing or blockage. The x-ray pictures are taken with the use of contrast (x-ray dye) so the doctors can see the blood flow through you dialysis access. You may have had a balloon inflated and/or a stent placed to improve flow.
What to do when you go home
1. Keep the puncture site dressing on until your next hemodialysis session.
2. You may have minor pain for several days after your procedure. Take only
acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or pain medicine that is prescribed by your
doctor. Do not use aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) or naproxen
3. Call your dialysis center with questions
When to call your doctor
1. If you notice signs of infection
• Redness and heat or drainage at the incision site
• Increased swelling at the puncture site
• Temperature (by mouth) above 100° F.
2. If you have pain that is not controlled by acetaminophen or your prescribed
3. Unusual itching, rash or hives on any part of your body
Call 911 for emergency help
If bleeding or sudden swelling happens at the puncture site apply direct pressure and call 911 for help. Keep applying pressure until you get help.
Contact your UW kidney doctor by calling (608) 270-5656 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.
After hours, on weekends or holidays call (608) 262-0486.
Toll free number (800) 323-8942. This will give you the paging operator. Ask for the renal fellow on call.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 04/11/2013
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