A new study describes how a minimally invasive system uses radiofrequency (RF) energy instead of open surgery to create hemodialysis arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs).
The TVA Medical (Austin, TX, USA) everlinQ endoAVF System utilizes two 6Fr magnetic catheters and a RF energy generator to create a consistent, hemodynamic AVF. The flexible magnetic catheters are first inserted into an artery and a vein in the arm. When in close proximity, the rare earth magnets in each catheter attract to each other, pulling the vessels together. After confirming alignment, a small burst of RF through the venous catheter opens an anastomosis between the artery and vein, creating the AVF. The catheters are then removed, leaving no surgical scar. (Read More)