The world's first plastic coronary stent is now in use


The world's first drug-eluting bioresorbable plastic vascular scaffold (BVS) is now widely available across Europe and parts of Asia Pacific and Latin America.

The Absorb BVS from Abbott (Abbott Park, IL) is described as a first-of-its-kind device for the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). Functionally, it is similar to metal stents. It restores blood flow to the heart, but then dissolves into the body.

Abbott says that the treated coronary artery may resume more natural function and movement because it is free of a permanent metallic stent. It is made of polylactide, a naturally dissolvable material commonly used in medical implants such as dissolving sutures. Competing bioresorbable stents use other types of plastics....
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