On 24 June 2013, Cordis announced the European CE marking and FDA approval of additional sizes of its Sleek over-the-wire (OTW) platform, a 0.014 inch ultra-low profile percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) dilatation catheter. The Cordis Sleek OTW PTA Dilatation Catheter is a highly deliverable balloon catheter designed to treat patients undergoing peripheral angioplasty procedures below the knee. The Sleek OTW catheter was first launched around the world in 2011. Cordis will start commercialising these new sizes immediately in various countries.
According to Cordis, the Sleek OTW catheter has a unique balance of excellent pushability with a small crossing profile that helps physicians restore blood flow to the lower limbs. As part of the product line extension, Cordis now offers additional lengths of 20mm and 280mm for most of its current diameters. The new 280mm length will enable physicians to treat diffuse disease with fewer inflations. The Sleek OTW catheter continues to be the only peripheral balloon offering an ultra-low profile 1.25mm diameter option. The addition of these sizes now means that the Cordis Sleek OTW platform offers physicians the broadest 0.014 over-the-wire catheter portfolio on the market.
“The Sleek OTW catheter has enabled me to treat patients with severe chronic limb ischaemia using the angiosome concept. Now, more than ever, with the new expanded sizes, we will be able to effectively treat extremely distal lower leg peripheral vascular disease using fewer inflations,” said William Wu, Heart and Vascular Clinic of San Antonio, USA. “I look forward to continue working with Cordis as they bring more products to market that will help provide safe and optimal outcomes for patients.”