Following Health Canada approval, Cook Medical announced the Canadian launch of the Zilver Vena Venous Self-Expanding Stent at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery. The Zilver Vena is designed specifically for stenting obstructed iliofemoral veins.
The Zilver Vena stent is a flexible, self-expanding stent made with “shape memory” nitinol. The stent provides consistent radial force, and continuous stent-to-vein wall apposition from end to end. Zilver Vena is currently available in 14 and 16mm diameters and 60, 100 and 140mm lengths to enable precise placement, and is compatible with 7 Fr sheaths and 9 Fr guiding catheters.
“As the only device of its kind available in Canada, Zilver Vena gives physicians a new treatment option for stenting diseased veins,” said Rob Lyles, vice president and global leader of Cook Medical’s Peripheral Intervention clinical division.
The Zilver Vena stent is currently under regulatory review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is not approved for sale in the United States. It received the CE mark in October 2010.