As part of its ambitious plan to offer a stent for every cylindrical structure in the human body, Boston Scientific this week acquired esophageal and tracheal stents from Willy Rusch.
The stents keep these vital passages open and clear when compressive tumors or stricture could lead to blockage. Boston Scientific was already the US distributor of the Polyflex stent, described below:
·The placement technique of the Polyflex Airway Stent requires rigid bronchoscopy
·Gentle, radial force helps the stent adapt to airway anatomy and maintain patency
·Full-length silicone coating is designed to seal tracheoesophageal and bronchoesophageal fistulae and help prevent tumor in-growth
·Engineered to elongate when stretched lengthwise which facilitates stent change or removal
·Radiopaque delivery system is designed to help facilitate precise positioning and controlled use by promoting visibility during placement and post-operative follow-up
·Polyester mesh structure on outer stent surface is designed to help reduce migration
·Thin wall diameter is engineered for greater airway patency
·Silicone edge reinforcement is designed to help reduce tissue granulation formation
·Smooth inner surface is designed to resist secretory encrustation
·Available in a broad range of widths and lengths to help facilitate placement in various patient anatomy
It looks like they’ve thought of everything.
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