BrightWater Medical, based in Temecula, California, won FDA clearance for its ConvertX biliary stent. The system is used to relieve the biliary duct of obstructions.
Blocked biliary ducts can cause all sorts of havoc on patients, such as infections, biliary cirrhosis, and liver damage. A stent and a drain is often placed to alleviate the condition. The stent needs to be removed after some time, so a separate invasive procedure is required.
The innovative thing about the ConvertX biliary stent is that, unlike traditional stents, it does not require a separate procedure under sedation to remove it. A simple in-office procedure that takes about one minute is all that’s necessary for the physician to pull it out.
Here’s an animation that BrightWater shared with us showing off how the ConvertX biliary stent is used:
Via: BrightWater Medical…