From 8/5/2021 until 10/5/2021, Dr. Boniface Wandwi, vascular surgeon from Dar Es Salaam has visited us in Ndanda. It was already his second visit – the first had taken place in February 2021.
The target was to perform fistula operations resp. implantation of permanent catheters (permcath) for our dialysis patients. In case of emergency, dialysis is usually performed through temporary catheter. The best long-term solution, however, is a fistula – a short-cut between an artery and a vein at the right or left forearm. Permanent catheter (permcath) is an alternative for those patients, who are not suitable for fistula operation or in case of failure of existing fistula.
On Saturday, 8/5/2021, Dr. Wandwi managed to do 5 fistula operations and two implantations of permcaths. On Sunday, 9/5/2021, her performed 3 fistula operations and 3 implantations of permcaths. All patients eligible for either fistula or permath have been treated and all procedures went well without complication.
During his previous visit from 6/2/2021 until 9/2/2021, Dr. Wandwi had already managed to perform 13 fistula operations for our patients.
It is a great achievement for our dialysis patients, since they can now continue with dialysis sessions comfortably and in accordance with national and international standards.