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Supera self-expanding stents for endovascular treatment of femoropopliteal disease: a review of the clinical evidence

Authors Bishu K, Armstrong E

Received 27 April 2015

Accepted for publication 25 May 2015

Published 13 July 2015 Volume 2015:11 Pages 387—395

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/VHRM.S70229

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Daniel Duprez


Kalkidan Bishu,1,2 Ehrin J Armstrong1,2

1Division of Cardiology, University of Colorado, Aurora, 2Denver VA Medical Center, Denver, CO, USA

Abstract: Femoropopliteal lesions account for a significant proportion of endovascular interventions for peripheral artery disease in patients with disabling claudication or chronic limb ischemia. The femoropopliteal artery crosses two joint structures (hip and knee joints) and courses through the muscular adductor canal in the thigh, which places the artery at increased biomechanical stress. There is a critical need for stent platforms with a reduced risk of stent fracture while maintaining patency during long-term follow-up. The Supera peripheral stent system has a braided nickel–titanium alloy stent designed to withstand the unique stressors along the course of the femoropopliteal artery. This design may be associated with improved patency in association with reduced stent fracture rates on short- and medium-term follow-up. Further studies, including randomized controlled studies, comparing the Supera interwoven nickel–titanium alloy stent system with other stent platforms and angioplasty alone are needed.

Keywords: peripheral artery disease, femoropopliteal atherosclerosis, SUPERA interwoven nitinol stent, stent fracture

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