The Riptide device is designed to retrieve blood clots via the Arc catheter to restore blood flow to the brain. The clearance covers patients with acute ischemic stroke secondary to intracranial large vessel occlusive disease within eight hours of first symptoms, including patients who can’t take or failed off of anti-clotting drugs. Medtronic called the Riptide design “a foundational platform” for other aspiration catheters it’s developing. The Fridley, Minn.-based company also makes the Solitaire stent retriever.
“Medtronic is committed to developing services and solutions that address healthcare needs by improving clinical and economic outcomes,” neurovascular general manager Stacey Pugh said in prepared remarks. “We believe that the Riptide aspiration system and Solitaire revascularization device provide our customers with a comprehensive suite of products to choose from. Medtronic is committed to being a complete solutions provider in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke market.”
“While I primarily use the Solitaire revascularization device to treat patients with acute ischemic stroke, I utilize a direct aspiration approach as my first-line treatment strategy in select circumstances such as basilar artery thromboembolism and in select anterior circulation cases,” added Dr. Daniel Sahlein of Indianapolis University-Purdue University Indianapolis. “The Riptide aspiration system will provide me with another proven Medtronic product to utilize when treating stroke patients.”