Medtronic announced receiving European approval for its Endurant II AAA Stent Graft System and will be making it available globally.
The device provides a minimally invasive (endovascular) option for addressing abdominal aortic aneurysms and includes a few improvements on the previous model:
- Beginning at the point of access, the new lower-profile delivery system –– with 35 percent extended hydrophilic coating for enhanced access to challenging anatomies –– allows the 28mm-diameter bifurcated segment (the most commonly used size) to fit inside an 18 French OD (outer diameter) catheter (down from 20 French with the original device).
- Second, the addition of two new contralateral limb lengths (156mm and 199mm) enables more configuration options requiring fewer total pieces.
- Finally, the radiopacity of the distal end of the bifurcated segment’s contralateral gate has been improved to enhance visibility and aid with limb insertion, placement and deployment.
Here’s an animation of the implantation procedure of the original Endurant model, which is essentially the same with Endurant II: