Next-generation Sapphire II coronary dilatation catheter is commercially available


OrbusNeich announced availability of the next-generation Sapphire II coronary dilatation catheter after CE mark approval.

Sapphire II is a well-balanced balloon catheter that crosses lesions without boundaries. This catheter offers an ultra-low crossing profile across a broad range of configurations, including 1.0 mm diameter balloons and 150cm shaft working length versions.


Sapphire II features a flexible, supple balloon material for slender rewrap; an XD (eXtra Durable) shaft for enhanced pushability and superb kink resistance; proprietary Hydro-X coating for lubricious crossing; and Z-Tip technology resulting in ‘Zero’ transition between the tip and guidewire for smooth and safe penetration of the tightest of lesions.


“I was impressed by the crossability of Sapphire II through the stent struts in a difficult left main bifurcation procedure,” said Pieter Stella, head of the interventional catheterisation laboratory at the University Medical Centre (UMC), Utrecht, The Netherlands.


Toshiya Muramatsu, director of the cardiology department at Saiseikai Yokohamashi Tobu Hospital in Yokohama-City, Japan, added, “The thin tip and new coating applied from the tip to the shaft contribute a great deal to the crossing performance of the Sapphire II. The crossability of Sapphire II can compete just as well, if not better, than any balloon on the market. I would not hesitate to recommend it for use in any chronic total occlusion case.”