hi there, im new to this, 2moro im having a fistula in the lower arm to join the Veins, has anyone else ever had this done? thanx

Hi Danny,

If you are having a fistula created, you will be starting on hemodialysis. This message board is for people who do peritoneal dialysis, so you’ve posted your message in the wrong place. We also have a board for people who do hemodialysis–but at home, not in a clinic.

Since you get on-line, you can go to the Vascular Access module of Kidney School, our free, on-line kidney learning center at It will teach you exactly what to expect when you get a fistula, how to take care of it, what to watch out for, and much more. I hope you find it helpful. A fistula is the best kind of access for hemodialyisls, and I hope yours goes well.