Cardiovascular Systems recently announced that the first patient has been successfully treated with its ViperCross peripheral support catheter.
Billy J Kim (The Surgical Clinic, Nashville, USA), treated the first patient with ViperCross.
Kim remarked: “ViperCross offers the right balance of support and flexibility to successfully navigate tortuous anatomy and cross challenging lesions. In addition, ViperCross provides excellent guidewire support and facilitates easy guidewire exchange.”
Peripheral support catheters are used during peripheral vascular intervention (PVI) procedures for guidewire support to enable lesion crossing, as well as for guidewire exchanges. Physicians use support catheters in approximately 50% of PVIs, primarily in below-the-knee and complex interventions. When calcium is present, lesions can be challenging to cross with an interventional guidewire and often require advanced tools prior to vessel preparation and treatment.
Scott R Ward, chairman, president and chief executive officer of CSI, commented: “With the commercial launch of ViperCross, CSI now offers a complete portfolio of products for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease, including atherectomy, balloon catheters, guidewires, support catheters and embolic protection. Combined, these products advance our ability to help physicians improve outcomes for patients undergoing complex peripheral interventions.”