Int J Angiol
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1568880
Original Article
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Basilic Vein Elevation for Arteriovenous Fistula Creation: Results of 60 Cases Following 1 Year

Grigol Keshelava
1   Departement of Vascular Surgery, West Georgian National Centre of Interventional Medicine, Kutaisi, Georgia
Kote Gvalia
2   Department of Nephrology, West Georgian National Centre of Interventional Medicine, Kutaisi, Georgia
Davit Kovziridze
1   Departement of Vascular Surgery, West Georgian National Centre of Interventional Medicine, Kutaisi, Georgia
Marina Dadunashvili
2   Department of Nephrology, West Georgian National Centre of Interventional Medicine, Kutaisi, Georgia
Vakhtang Kaloiani
1   Departement of Vascular Surgery, West Georgian National Centre of Interventional Medicine, Kutaisi, Georgia
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Publication History

07 July 2015

20 October 2015

Publication Date:
04 December 2015 (online)


Background Basilic vein elevation (BVE) is a procedure where the basilic vein (BV) is surgically exposed, mobilized, and elevated into a more superficial position for the purpose of facilitating arteriovenous fistula (AVF) cannulation. The purpose of this study is to review the use of BVE as an adjunct to fistula maturation.

Objectives Between January 2009 and December 2013, 60 patients received BVE. After performing the anastomosis between brachial artery and BV, the elevated vein was placed just anterior to the surgical incision, 3 to 4 mm deep. Patients' morbidity, mortality, and patency rates were evaluated.

Results The 90-day mortality was 0%. Maturation rates were 91.6%. The mean time to maturation was 52 days (range, 25–75 days). Primary patency rate at 12 months was 90% and secondary patency rate was 95%. The mean vein size was 4.5 ± 0.5 mm.

Conclusion AVF surgery via BVE offers satisfactory results in patients with chronic hemodialysis.

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