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When the kidney loses its function, a hemodialysis is unavoidable. Thereby, a blood vessel in the arm needs to be enlarged, so that enough blood can move. Until now, a surgical intervention was necessary where an arteriovenous fistula, a connection between artery and vein, is created. In the future, this surgery can be replaced by a minimally invasive endovascular procedure where the dialysis fistula is created by using two catheters. Read more in our current interview.

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Nicole Kaufmann
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Hybrid Operating Room: The OR of the Future Today?

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Bild: Hybrid OR; Copyright: Philips GmbH
Patients take center stage during surgery. Their treatment should be as gentle and effective as possible, which is why there is a trend towards minimally invasive surgery (MIS). But minimal procedures require better supporting technologies. The hybrid operating room combines surgery and imaging systems and increasingly replaces conventional open surgery approaches with MIS.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Intraoperative imaging
Hybrid Operating Room: The OR of the Future Today?
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Hemodialysis: Creating the AV fistula using catheters


Image: Open surgery at the forearm of a patient; Copyright: Sitthisombat
For many patients, the start of hemodialysis marks the lifelong dependency on needing their blood purified. But before they can actually begin treatments, a blood vessel in the patient’s arm needs to be enlarged to where it can move enough blood and withstand being connected to the dialysis machine several times per week. To do this, an arteriovenous (AV) fistula, a connection between artery and vein, is surgically created.
Read more in the interview:
Hemodialysis: Creating the AV fistula using catheters
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