Cook Medical has introduced a new ultra low profile percutaneous transluminal angioplasty catheter for use in below-the-knee procedures at the Leipzig Interventional Course , Leipzig, Germany.
According to the company, the new Advance Micro 14 PTA Balloon Catheteris a dedicated over-the-wire micro balloon with a low crossing profile. The balloon is small enough to fit through a 3 FR sheath and has a tip entry profile as small as a 0.018inch wire. The Pliaform balloon texture, available on all sizes except the 1.5 mm diameter devices and, combined with a hydrophilic coating, reduces friction when inserting and retracting the device compared to uncoated devices.
The Advance Micro 14 Balloon is intended to allow physicians to reach and treat challenging lesions.
“As below the knee procedures become ever more common, the need for dedicated devices that push the limits of what is possible is increasing. The Advance Micro 14 has been designed to work both from an antegrade or retrograde pedal stick approach, making it a very versatile below-the-knee balloon that can help physicians access smaller vessels to treat patients,” said Andreas Förster, EMEA manager for Cook Medical’s Peripheral Intervention clinical division.
The Advance Micro 14 Balloon will be available in most European markets from February 2013.