Technology Eases Esophageal Dilation

Appropriately named Hercules, a three-stage balloon dilator launched by Cook Medical is made using proprietary technology (P.E.T.FLEX) that the company says is the strongest dilation material available. It combines high tensile strength and the flexibility needed for a balloon that inflates to three distinct and increasing diameters. Hercules is designed for use in benign and malignant esophageal strictures--the narrowing of the esophagus that causes difficulty or painful swallowing, and food regurgitation. The balloon is inflated in the esophagus to open these strictures.

October 1, 2008

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Technology Eases Esophageal Dilation

One of the advantages of P.E.T.FLEX is that it keeps its shape and strength during dilation, and studies have shown that the balloon produces 154% greater radial force than its competition. This could reduce the need for a repeat procedure. Hercules is used with a Rapid Deflation Sleeve and an express evacuation catheter, which quickly deflates the balloon upon the application of negative pressure to the inflation device.--From Precision Talk

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