Stentys Inc. of Paris, France has received the CE Mark of approval to take to the European market the firm’s self-expanding coronary stent. The bare-metal system has been developed to allow physicians to work on coronary arteries that have an uneven diameter in the treatment area and when large branch vessels are involved.
From the product page:
The stent’s short, expandable segments and its self-expansion features allow for excellent vessel conformability as well as continuous apposition along the arterial wall, superior to existing balloon-expandable stents as demonstrated through IVUS and OCT imaging. The gentle expansion forces are well suited for deployment in an artery with a heavy clot burden, like in acute settings.
The Stentys stent is designed with small distinctive interconnectors that can be used to create an opening through the stent mesh. It allows the clinician to safely navigate and deploy the stent, then disconnect the stent connectors with an angioplasty balloon to provide side branch access independent of branch ostium location : the connectors are placed all along the length and the circumference of the stent.