Varicose Vein Treatment Cuts Procedure Steps in Half


September 27, 2010

September 27, 2010 - Treating varicose veins with a new access kit reduces the number of steps and reduces procedure time. The .018-inch nitinol long-access wire for the VenaCure EVLT system, by AngioDynamics, reduces the number of components involved.

The distal tip on the Trè-Sheath dilator is resized to accept a .018 inch nitinol access wire, which eliminates the need for a micro-access sheath and it makes exchanging wires during the procedure unnecessary. This ultimately turns an eight-step process to four.

“We have been performing the VenaCure EVLT procedure for more than eight years in our practice and were one of the first centers to use the NeverTouch fiber,” said John Golan, M.D., North Shore Vascular in Chicago, Ill. “During this time, we have noticed a vast improvement in patient comfort. The simplicity and low profile of the new .018-inch system shortens procedural time and further enhances an already great experience for patients and physicians.”

The NeverTouch tip is a glass weld at the distal tip of a 600um fiber. This weld results in an effective fiber diameter of 905ums and lowers the actual power density by 56 percent from that of a standard bare tip 600um fiber. The net effect is a homogeneous ablation with less focal charring of the vein wall that can be seen with bare tip fibers.

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