Leading research at the Lister helps keep renal patients dialysing well

Preparing patients for life-saving haemodialysis involves the creation of what is called a fistula – a surgical connection between an artery and vein – usually in the forearm or upper part of the arm that then allows dialysis to take place.  

Fistulas can become blocked if the vein used narrows over time, but the Lister-based team is involved in research aiming to show how the use of a minimally invasive technique using inflatable balloons can be used successfully to widen these narrow sections of vein and thus allowing a patient’s dialysis to carry on as normal. The team is looking at balloons carrying a drug that helps to prevent narrowing and targeting those veins at the greatest risk of this happening.