QT Vascular has announced that it has started clinical cases with the Chocolate percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheter in Singapore. Five cases were performed at National University Hospital and Changi General Hospital.
Speaking about the procedures, Steven Kum, a vascular surgeon at Changi General Hospital and an expert in treating peripheral arterial disease (PAD), says, “After treating several patients with severe disease both above and below the knee, I believe that Chocolate PTA has an important role in the peripheral lab as it offers less traumatic treatment without the use of a permanent implant. I’m also very excited about the potential for the drug-coated Chocolate balloon for below-the-knee disease that is more common in Singapore because there are no adequate treatment options for those patients.”
Julian Wong, division head, Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at National University Hospital adds, “I truly agree with Kum. Chocolate PTA gives a more uniform angioplasty result with less intimal dissection. It has a great potential in reducing the use of stents in complex lesions below and above the knee.”