Embolx has announced CE Certifications for its next-generation family of Sniper® Balloon Occlusion Microcatheters for the treatment of cancerous tumours, enlarged prostate and uterine fibroids. The novel system of microcatheters, which deliver pressure-directed arterial embolisation therapy, is now commercially available in both the United States and Europe. Sniper microcatheters increase therapeutic agent delivery to target areas, while protecting surrounding healthy tissues, by controlling pressure to alter blood flow.
Embolx’s next-generation Sniper microcatheters are available in 110cm, 130cm and 150cm lengths, enabling interventional radiologist physicians to access through femoral or radial arterial sites. Advancements in the Sniper balloon and atraumatic tip designs also allow larger vessels to be occluded and enhance the ability for Sniper to track inside vessels.
“CE Marking is an important milestone for Embolx, as we can now offer the most advanced transarterial embolisation delivery system to physicians and patients in Europe,” said Michael Allen, president and CEO of Embolx. “For patients, the system’s ability to redirect blood flow away from surrounding organs and eliminate reflux may result in better outcomes and fewer side effects.”
Tiago Bilhim, MD, interventional radiologist at Hospital Saint Louis, Lisbon, Portugal, commented, “We’ve used Sniper in approximately 50 prostate arterial embolisations so far this year, and we’ve seen improved outcomes with fewer adverse events when compared to conventional microcatheter embolisation. Because Sniper prevents reflux and redirects blood and embolic flow, coils are not needed in these procedures. In addition, the new 150 cm length allows us to perform prostate arterial embolisation using a transradial approach.”
The United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently issued support of prostate artery embolisation (PAE) for the treatment of patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. With its ability to eliminate reflux and redirect blood flow away from surrounding organs, Sniper has the potential to become the device of choice for PAE procedures.