The feasibility study is a multi-center, prospective, single-arm study to be conducted at three U.S. centers encompassing 10 end-stage—or “no option”—CLI patients. Endpoints include amputation-free survival at one month, patency, limb salvage and wound healing, and the subjects will be followed out to two years. The primary investigator is Jihad Mustapha, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, director of Cardiovascular Cath Labs, Endovascular Interventions and Cardiovascular Research at the University of Michigan Metro Health Hospital.
“The vascular interventions we have today to treat CLI can only go so far. Once they have run their course, the only widespread available option we currently have in the U.S. is amputation, which has a terrible impact on a patient’s quality and length of life,” said Mustapha. “The opportunity to have a minimally-invasive treatment that offers a new option for late-stage patients is a very exciting prospect as we seek to address the growing epidemic of CLI. This therapy may allow us to give hope to many of the 120,000 patients annually who otherwise must suffer a major limb amputation.”
CLI is the most severe form of PAD and often occurs in patients suffering from coronary artery disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, many of which are growing health problems. Patients with CLI often experience profound, chronic pain and develop festering wounds or infections that lead to major limb amputation, an event closely associated with increased mortality and reduced quality of life. To relieve the symptoms of CLI, appropriate patients today are treated primarily with angioplasty or open bypass surgery. In many late-stage patients, however, neither option is feasible due to extensive disease in the target arteries or other anatomical constraints.
“There are far too many amputations performed in the world today, costing the healthcare system many billions of dollars and ruining countless lives. LimFlow’s mission is empowering vascular specialists to offer new hope to their CLI patients who may be only days away from losing a limb,” said LimFlow CEO Dan Rose. “By reinventing the peripheral anatomy to address this major clinical issue, we are providing an alternative for patients who have none today.”
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First-in-man and CE Mark clinical studies have been completed for the LimFlow System. The initial clinical results have been presented at the Amputation Prevention Symposium (AMP) and the Vascular International Advances Annual Conference (VIVA), and journal publication of these results is expected soon. The LimFlow System received the CE Mark in October 2016 and is currently available commercially in Europe.
LimFlow is a private, venture-backed medical device company transforming the treatment of Critical Limb Ischemia, a growing clinical need in the face of the prevalence of diabetes, heart disease and an aging population. The company is based in Paris, France.