A conversation with Dr. Nick West, chief medical officer at Abbott's vascular business

Next Generation Suture Mediated Vascular Repair System



An Empowered Patient Podcast at Medical and Pharma Insider hosted by Karen Jagoda


Dr. Nick West is the Chief Medical Officer and Divisional Vice President of Global Medical Affairs at Abbott's Vascular Business. Nick points out the need to make sure the blood vessel is properly closed up at the end of a procedure to ensure no complications. While the Abbott device Perclose™ has been around for quite some time, the ProStyle™ is the new version of it and is a unique suture mediated closure system. Nick reminds us that, "The old way of doing this is simply to press. Now pressing on the artery, usually, you have to press for at least 10 minutes. If it's done properly, that seals things very nicely, but there are many, many factors that affect the availability of what we call manual compression to seal these punctures. They include where the puncture was, how many times the physician needed to attempt to puncture the vessel before they got into it." Nick confirms this is the way bleeding has been stopped for hundreds of years and that pressing on the groin is medieval. Listen to the podcast Download the podcase transcript