Ellipsys ' FDA Nod Is a Major Turning Point for Hemodialysis

A new catheter-based technology could provide a non-surgical option for arteriovenous (AV) fistula creation. FDA recently gave de novo clearance to Avenu Medical’s Ellipsys Vascular Access System. The San Juan Capistrano, CA-based company’s device challenges the surgical option to create an AV fistula, which has been the gold standard for about 50 years. “This is what we call a disruptive technology for sure,” Ed Chang, Co-Founder, Director and VP Marketing for Avenu, told MD+DI. “We liken this to lap chole. Prior to lap chole it was always done surgically. That was the gold standard until laparscopic technology entered the system. We believe the same thing is going to happen with the Avenu technology with percutaneous AV Fistula creation.” The device can make an AV fistula or a connection to veins and arteries in patients with chronic kidney disease who need hemodialysis. In Europe where the technology has been available since 2016, patients call the Ellipsys procedure the “scarless fistula.” "What we’ve done at Avenu is come up with an AV fistula without surgery,” Chang said. “We go in with a single catheter venous access and we go in and under ultrasound guidance we create the fistula. We actually fuse the vein and artery together and we quickly are able to remove the catheter and the fistula is formed without doing a surgery… you walk out with a band aid.” FDA reviewed data from a non-rand...
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