The WavelinQ™ EndoAVF System offers physicians a non-surgical alternative for AV fistula creation. Using two thin, flexible, magnetic catheters and a burst of RF energy, proceduralists can create an endovascular AV fistula.
The WavelinQ™ EndoAVF System is indicated for the creation of an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) using concomitant ulnar artery and ulnar vein or concomitant radial artery and radial vein in patients with minimum artery and vein diameters of 2.0 mm at the fistula creation site who have chronic kidney disease and need hemodialysis.
How It Works
The catheters are each inserted into an artery (brachial) and a vein (brachial, ulnar or radial) in the arm through a small puncture or incision. Using fluoroscopy, the catheters are both advanced to the appropriate location for endovascular AV fistula creation (ulnar artery-ulnar vein or radial artery-radial vein). The magnets in the catheters allow them to be precisely aligned while pulling the two adjacent vessels closer together. The venous catheter, which contains the electrode, delivers a burst of RF energy to create a connection between the artery and the vein.