Boston Scientific Launches Guidezilla Guide Extension Catheter in U.S. and Europe

Device facilitates delivery of interventional devices in complex PCI procedures


July 18, 2013

July 18, 2013 — Boston Scientific Corp. has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance and CE mark approval for the Guidezilla guide extension catheter. The Guidezilla device is designed to make complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures easier by more efficiently delivering interventional devices, including balloons and stents, in situations where extra backup support is needed.

"The Guidezilla device provides a new level of confidence and reassurance in treating complex lesions," said John Lasala, M.D., director, cardiac catheterization lab, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and director of interventional cardiology at Washington University in St. Louis. "I've found it can reduce the time and effort required in many complex procedures." 

The stainless steel hypotube shaft provides pushability and kink resistance, and the hydrophilic coating on the outer diameter reduces friction, making it easier for interventional cardiologists to navigate difficult-to-reach areas.

"Boston Scientific is committed to delivering innovative technologies, such as the Guidezilla device, that enable physicians to improve outcomes for patients undergoing complex coronary interventions," said Kevin Ballinger, president, interventional cardiology, Boston Scientific.  "The Guidezilla guide extension catheter is a specialty device that provides physicians another compelling tool to help treat difficult lesions."

Guide extension catheters are used in coronary angioplasty and stenting procedures, which open arteries blocked by atherosclerosis.  If left untreated, these blocked arteries can cause angina and heart attack.

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