We are excited to be a part of bringing advanced technology to patients in Northeast Florida! This past Friday, Dr. Erin Moore performed Baptist Health’s first endovascular fistula using the WavelinQ system. This new technology provides renal disease patients with a non-surgical option for fistula creation so they can receive life-saving dialysis treatment.
A fistula is a connection that is made between a vein and an artery which provides access to the bloodstream so patients can receive hemodialysis treatment (cleansing of the blood).
Previously, fistula creation has only been possible through open surgery. However, the WavelinQ system offers an alternative to open surgery using a completely endovascular approach. During the procedure, the surgeon utilizes a dual-catheter system and radiofrequency to connect the vein and artery in the lower arm.
WavelinQ is the first major advancement in fistula creation in over 50 years and can offer many benefits to patients, such as minimizing arm disfigurement and scarring after surgery.
For patients diagnosed with renal disease and in need of a fistula, being evaluated by a vascular surgeon is an important step in the treatment process. Vascular surgeons specialize in blood vessel surgery and can fully evaluate if you are a candidate for this procedure.