In the neurovascular device segment, development is focused on minute, precision devices delivered via micro-catheters. The overarching challenge is to create components that maximize performance within a minimal deliverable profile. That’s where biomedical textiles come in.
A Growing Need
More than 86,000 neuro-interventional procedures, involving a range of devices, were performed in the U.S. in 2010. Over the next four years, the number of these procedures is expected to grow at an annual rate of 18% to more than 197,000 by 2015.1
Most neuro-interventional procedures focus on aneurysm repair. According to The Brain Aneurysm Foundation, nearly 30,000 people suffer a brain aneurysm each year and approximately 40% are fatal. Of those who survive, about 66% suffer some permanent neurological deficit.3