Cordis Launches Saber PTA Dilatation Balloon for Peripheral Arterial Disease


July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014 — Cordis Corp. announced the launch of its Saber PTA (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty) dilatation catheter for the treatment of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The Saber catheter is cleared for use and now available in Europe, the United States and Japan. This new product offers crossability and a comprehensive offering of balloon sizes on the widely used 0.018-inch over-the-wire (OTW) platform.

Developed to complement the Cordis PTA portfolio as a next-generation, high-performance workhorse 0.018-inch PTA balloon catheter, Saber is intended to dilate stenoses in iliac, femoral, ilio-femoral, popliteal, infrapopliteal and renal arteries and for the treatment of obstructive lesions of native or synthetic arteriovenous dialysis fistulae. The device is also indicated for post-dilation of balloon-expandable and self-expanding stents in the peripheral vasculature.

Saber is available in balloon diameters of 2-10 mm and lengths of 20-300 mm. It combines a durable dual layer hydrophilic coating with a low-profile body and new molded tip design to enhance crossability. The catheter has exceptional rated burst pressures of up to 18 atm due to its construction with Duralyn material

“In my initial experience with Saber catheter, I see outstanding crossability in very tight lesions as well as excellent deflation times,” said Peter Goverde, M.D., ZNA Antwerpen in Brussels, Belgium. “Given these performance characteristics combined with the size offering that Saber catheter provides, I see the value in adopting this as the preferred 0.018-inch workhorse balloon in my practice.”

“Saber catheter is the third new product launch from Cordis in the PAD space in the past 12 months, expanding our existing high-performance lower extremity portfolio, including the S.M.A.R.T. stent vascular line of products, such as our unique S.M.A.R.T. flex stent, and the highly differentiated specialty Chocolate balloon catheter,” said Celine Martin, president of Cordis. ”With the addition of both the Chocolate balloon catheter and extensive line of Saber catheter products, we’ve strengthened and deepened our overall offering in both the specialty and workhorse PTA segments.”

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