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It is still a mystery . . . why we ignored this simple innovation in PTCA

Posted Jan 14 2013 11:16pm

In this complex world , simple innovations fail  . . . just because  they are simple !

Here is a new* PTCA  catheter which has a  two balloons  ,  the distal one dilates the lesion and the proximal one has a stent over it  . The stent is just deployed after the dilatation by the proximal balloon . The proximal balloon  not only help us prepare the lesion before stenting it also helps  in crossing difficult lesions  . Further   , it can be even used to post dilate the lesion . It can be a non compliant balloon  as well . It appears a  good  concept .

*Not really  new  I  believe  ,  Accuramed  owns the patent for  this twin balloon catheter over a decade now . (First twin balloon Gemini PTCA was used in 1988 )

gemini balloon catheter twin two ptca pci

I do not know why we haven’t adopted it yet ,  while many  dubious  innovations are making merry around the world !

GEMINI DOUBLE BALLON STENT ACCURAMED 2

GEMINI DOUBLE BALLON STENT ACCURAMED  3

The only downside could be ,   combinations of stent and balloon sizes are limited . But ,  it is not a major issue .The ability to  fine tune the stent apposition  moments  after the procedure , by h a simple pull back  is just amazing !

This catheter is  made by

A C C U R A
Medizintechnik GmbH
Max-Planck-Str. 33 61184 Karben Germany
Tel +49-6039-9201-0 Fax +49-6039-9201-22
E-Mail info@accura.info

Final message

Two  balloons  over a  single catheter  is a  new development  .I wonder it can be  the standard of care in all PCIs . Hope somebody takes  this concept to the next level  for the benefit of our patients.

Link to the manufacture


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