Medtronic's Abre Venous Stent Launched in Europe
December 21, 2017—Medtronic's Abre self-expanding stent system is now fully launched in Europe. The Abre device, which is intended for use in the iliofemoral veins to treat symptomatic venous outflow obstruction, received European CE Mark approval in April 2017. Medtronic advised that the Abre stent is an investigational device and not available for commercial use in the United States.
According to the company, the Abre stent was designed for the unique challenges of deep venous disease. The Abre stent comes premounted on a 9-F delivery system and features a nitinol stent with a triaxial shaft design. The stent utilizes an open-cell design with three connection points between the cells that are intended to improve flexibility and conformability. Upon deployment, Abre exerts an outward force to open the vein.
The device is offered in a full range of sizes specifically tailored for the iliofemoral venous profile, with a catheter length of 90 cm that supports all three access sites and can be used with a standard-length guidewire, stated Medtronic.