HeRO Graft Implantation with Dr. Lawson
Dr. Jeffrey H. Lawson highlights the steps involved in implanting the HeRO Graft for dialysis patients.

Caring For Your HeRO Graft

Always follow your doctor’s or nurse’s instructions and promptly tell your care team about any unusual symptoms or pain.

For the first few weeks after surgery, follow these tips:

  • Keep your access arm clean and dry
  • Watch for signs of infection (e.g., redness, tenderness, swelling, or fever)
  • Be gentle with your access arm, and avoid lifting heavy objects
  • Use your arm as normally as possible, avoiding movements that cause pain or discomfort
  • When sitting or lying down, rest your arm on pillows higher than your heart to reduce swelling
  • Don’t overwork your upper arm muscles during the healing period

Other tips to care for your new access:

  • Wear loose clothes over your access arm
  • Avoid carrying a backpack/purse on your dialysis shoulder
  • Try not to lie down on your access arm or shoulder while you sleep
  • You should feel for the “thrill” or vibration in your HeRO Graft several times a day, noting if it stops or feels different. If the vibration stops or changes, report this to your dialysis provider or doctor as soon as possible