FDA Clears First Balloon-Expandable Stent for Iliac Arteries


November 4, 2011

The Assurant Cobalt Iliac Balloon-Expandable Stent System from Medtronic is the first balloon-expandable stent made from a cobalt-chromium alloy to be approved  for the treatment of narrowed iliac arteries.

It leverages the strength of cobalt chromium and a unique modular design to create a device with ultrathin, round, edgeless struts. This allows for smooth delivery to iliac artery lesions and high conformability to the vessel wall without sacrificing radial strength.

It is the only balloon-expandable device to utilize a 6 French sheath for the entire size matrix — from the smallest (6 mm x 20 mm) to the largest (10 mm x 60 mm) size — for the treatment of iliac arteries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Assurant Cobalt Iliac Balloon-Expandable Stent System in November 2011.

For more information: www.medtronic.com