BIOTRONIK introduces first Tri-axial 4-French low-profile stent system

Pulsar-18 T3 Self-Expanding Stent designed for more-effective lesion treatment in the superficial femoral, proximal popliteal and infrapopliteal arteries up to 200mm

BIOTRONIK has unveiled the innovative Pulsar-18 T3 stent system for the first time.

The innovative device is a unique combination of three technologies for an improved implantation procedure.

The 4-French low profile decreases the risk of access site complications and reduces the need for closure devices compared to 6-French; while the tri-axial shaft design facilitates stable and accurate implantation of the clinically-proven Pulsar stent.

The intuitive and ergonomic wheel-operated handle simplifies handling during the procedure for physicians.

The superficial femoral artery (SFA) requires a stent that conforms to the natural vessel movement and provides sufficient support in complex and long lesions.

The new device unifies proven technologies for efficient delivery of stents up to 200 mm to the challenging SFA.

The thin struts, low chronic outward force (COF) and high multi-directional flexibility of the Pulsar stent ensure conformability and support to the vessel in all natural vessel movements.

“Pulsar-18 T3 is a unique innovation; this is the first time physicians have access to a self-expanding stent system that combines the benefits of 4-French with the accurate deployment of a tri-axial system,” said Dr Alexander Uhl of BIOTRONIK.

“Pulsar-18 T3 represents BIOTRONIK’s dedication to providing effective therapies which minimise burden and reduce risks to patients.”

The new stent system builds on the established Pulsar-18 stent.

Recent data highlighted the long-term safety and efficiency of Pulsar-18 by showing a freedom from target lesion revascularization rate of 92.4% at 24 months.

The 4-French delivery system offers a number of benefits, including clinicall- proven lower access site complication rates and a reduced need for closure devices compared to 6-French stents.

With its low COF and thin struts of 140 µm, Pulsar-18 is proven to cause less vessel injury and inflammation, provide faster endothelialisation and lower the risk of restenosis.

Pulsar-18 T3 is indicated for use in patients with atherosclerotic disease of the superficial femoral, proximal popliteal and infrapopliteal arteries and for the treatment of insufficient results after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA), eg residual stenosis and dissection.

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