Peripheral Dilatation System Offers More Balloon Sizes


June 21, 2010

Twenty-two new balloon sizes to the Boston Scientific PolarCath Peripheral Dilatation System, including balloon lengths of 120 and 150 mm. The PolarCath System is used to restore blood flow in patients with critical limb ischemia (severe blockages in the arteries below the knee) and blockages in the femoral and popliteal (behind the knee) arteries. Both conditions result from peripheral artery disease.

Peripheral artery disease is a circulatory disorder that affects approximately 27 million people in North America and Europe. It results from a buildup of plaque in one or more arteries of the legs. As the disease progresses, accumulation of plaque may significantly reduce blood flow through the arteries, resulting in pain and increasing disability. In severe cases, amputation may be the only treatment option. Angioplasty, bypass graft surgery and thrombolytic therapy have traditionally been used to prevent further disability and/or amputation.

The new PolarCath 120 and 150 mm balloons are available in both 0.014-inch and 0.035-inch guidewire-compatible platforms. The PolarCath System also offers balloon lengths of 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 mm.

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