Covidien Adds CTO Crossing and Re-Entry Catheters for Peripheral Artery Disease

Viance Crossing Catheter and Enteer Re-entry System offer new approach to chronic total occlusions in peripheral arteries


September 18, 2012
Covidien Ltd Viance Crossing Catheter Enteer Re-entry System Cath Lab Catheters

September 18, 2012—Covidien announced the launch of the Viance Crossing Catheter and Enteer Re-entry System for treating chronic total occlusions (CTOs) endovascularly. The devices are now available in the United States, the European Union (EU) and other select international markets.

“Management of the lower extremity CTO remains challenging for endovascular physicians,” said David B. Jessup, M.D., of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Wash. “Effective devices for CTO crossing and re-entry can expand the number of patients who have access to endovascular treatment of peripheral arterial disease, which may help patients avoid more invasive treatments and allow physicians to offer amputation-saving procedures.”

For effective treatment, physicians must be able to successfully cross lesions. The new tools from Covidien are designed to enable access to the distal end of a lesion, allowing physicians to treat even the most challenging lesions endovascularly. Together, the Viance Crossing Catheter and the Enteer Re-entry System offer a solution that leverages the skill and finesse of the physician rather than brute force or capital equipment.

“Covidien now offers a unique solution for the treatment of CTOs,” said Brian Verrier, vice president and general manager, peripheral vascular, Covidien. “By adding these products to our market-leading peripheral portfolio, we strive to demonstrate our commitment to advancing the treatment of vascular disease worldwide by delivering innovation that achieves both clinical and economic value for our healthcare partners.”

Competitive crossing devices rely on more aggressive cutting, grinding or pounding motions, and can be more difficult to control. Moreover, the distinctive shape of the re-entry balloon enables it to self-orient within the vessel. No other product on the market utilizes this balloon technology for a re-entry system.

The announcement was made at the 2012 Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) Annual Congress.

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