'Ready-to-Use' TAVI System is Implanted in First Patient

Published date : 10 December 2012
Article date : 10 December 2012


Medgadget reports that a 'ready-to-use' TAVI system has been successfully implanted in a human patient at the Center of Advanced Medicine (CEDIMAT) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 

They say that the Colibri Heart Valve is delivered through a 14 French introducer, apparently the smallest in the industry, which allows its use in patients with narrow vasculature and more difficult anatomies. The current device is 24mm in size with 21mm and 27mm diameters being in development. The device has a folded valve which is designed to maximise its durability and reduce the suture.  

Apparently, Colibri has conducted extensive pre-clinical testing on its heart valve technology, including successful accelerated wear testing to over 200 million cycles. The device's porcine pericardial tissue has been tensile tested against competitors' traditional “wet” valve tissues and was found to be 3.5 times stronger in the tests.

Source: Gene Ostrovsky for Medgadget, 06 December 2012

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