“Several studies have shown the safety and durability benefits of the Stellarex balloon,” said Mahmood K. Razavi, MD, FSIR, FSVM, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange, CA and principal investigator of the ILLUMENATE BTK study. “This study will look at findings that continue to demonstrate the benefits of the Stellarex 0.014 Drug-Coated Balloon for BTK peripheral artery disease (PAD) and its safety and durability for patients. Given the challenging chronic nature of BTK PAD, we are hoping to find that through sustained patency using Stellarex, we can improve healing, and reduce target lesion revascularization and major amputation.”
“Peripheral artery disease below the knee is challenging and Philips is committed to providing proven clinical solutions that positively impact patient outcomes,” said Christopher Barys, Image Guided Therapy Devices Business Leader for Philips. “With Stellarex BTK, we have the potential to improve patient outcomes and decrease re-admission costs for those suffering from this complex disease state, while providing clinicians with the necessary tools to confirm the right therapies for their patients.” PAD is prevalent in the U.S. and affects around 250 million people worldwide . If left untreated, the condition can lead to chronic limb ischemia (CLI). CLI associated with infrapopliteal arteries behind the knee often involves long calcified segments . The prognosis is worse in elderly patients with severe comorbidities and limited life expectancy . Therefore, the endovascular treatment of CLI remains a challenge for physicians. In the U.S., 160,000 – 180,000 amputations are performed annually, with more than 50 percent of cases having no diagnostic or therapeutic endovascular intervention performed in the year before an amputation . Philips’ image-guided therapy solutions comprise interventional imaging systems, smart devices, software and services that enable clinicians to decide, guide, treat and confirm the appropriate cardiac and peripheral vascular treatment. By designing intelligent technologies and services that help clinicians to deliver a consistent standard of care, optimize care pathways and integrate workflows, Philips is enabling better patient and population outcomes.The Stellarex 0.014” OTW Drug-Coated Balloon is designed to restore and maintain blood flow to arteries in patients with peripheral arterial disease. The Stellarex 0.014 Drug-Coated Balloon is CE Marked and available in Europe.