Nicholas Inston (Birmingham, UK; moderator) is joined by Jose Ibeas (Barcelona, Spain), Panagiotis Kitrou (Patras, Greece) and Tobias Steinke (Düsseldorf, Germany), for a special Vascular News webinar called ‘WavelinQ™ 4F EndoAVF System – An attractive non-surgical AV fistula option for dialysis patients’.
Ibeas, a nephrologist and current president of the Vascular Access Society, discusses some of the challenges associated with vascular access and the effect such complications can have on patients. He also offers his views on how to achieve successful dialysis access, and highlights the importance of nephrologists being able to understand the many benefits of percutaneous intervention.
Kitrou talks about how the WavelinQ EndoAVF can be used both as an “alternative and complementary” to surgical creation of arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs). The system offers “versatility” in terms of the way and how the fistula created, he notes, before adding that the device “rapidly changed my practice” so that he is now “able to create fistulas, not only rescue them”.
The next generation 4F device is “an improvement” on previous iterations due in part to additional magnets and rotational indicators, says Steinke, who was one of the first to use the new device in Europe. He outlines some of its design qualities before concluding that as “an enthusiast” about endovascular procedures” he believes that endovascular AVF creation “will be the future for select patients”.
Summarising, Inston says that the WavelinQ EndoAVF has been shown to be a “proven, tested, safe and effective option” for creating vascular access with dialysis. The role of a multidisciplinary team is “essential” to enable best practice in vascular access for dialysis, he concludes.
This video is sponsored by BD.