Merit Medical Systems, Inc. adds the Ostial Pro® Stent Positioning System, designed to help accurately place stents.

Merit Medical continues to invest in bringing value-rich tools to the hands of skilled physicians. The next product to be added to Merit’s cardiology portfolio is the Ostial Pro® Stent Positioning System, launching in Q1 2012. This device was recently acquired from Ostial Solutions, LLC.

The Ostial Pro® is a Nitinol device with gold-plated feet to ensure accurate placement of stents at the junction of arterial vessels with the aorta. It is estimated that between 2% and 15% of coronary stent placements are ostial1. Missing distal or proximal to the target lesion can result in a number of complications and added costs. This device provides a simple and efficient means for accurate aorto-ostial stent placement and minimal residual stenosis in difficult-to-treat lesions.

Current studies show that the use of the Ostial Pro® is associated with decreased procedure times, radiation exposure, and a lower volume of radiographic contrast use, which reduces costs for both the hospital and the health care system2.

Stay tuned for additional information on this innovative product.

1 Fischell, TA. Initial clinical experience using an ostial stent positioning system (Ostial Pro™) for the accurate placement of stents in the treatment of coronary aorto-ostial lesions. J Invasive Cardiol. 2009 Feb; 21(2):53-59.

2 Kwan, TW. What is the price for perfection for precise aorto-ostial placement? J Invasive Cardiol. 2011 Aug; 23(8): 327.