US-based Q’Apel Medical has launched the 072 Hippo Aspiration System, its new-generation aspiration technology for individuals suffering from a stroke caused by a large vessel occlusion.

Recently cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the stroke system includes the 072 Hippo Aspiration Catheter and its Cheetah companion for neurovascular intervention.

The Hippo catheter’s proprietary adaptive tip is said to offer accuracy in clot engagement and removal, thereby providing customised performance for a range of clot sizes and morphologies.

Q’Apel Medical said that this feature delivers real-time visibility and control to physicians during the crucial stages of the procedure. This provides insights that were previously not available, said the company.

The Cheetah is a flexible guiding companion that works in tandem with the adaptable tip of the Hippo catheter to expedite the delivery of the Hippo to the clot’s face.

The combination of Hippo and Cheetah produces a synergistic system that offers speed, precision, and integration in thrombectomy procedures, claimed the company. It also complements the company’s Walrus Balloon Guide Catheter for a comprehensive stroke solution.

Q’Apel Medical CEO King Nelson said: “The anticipation of Hippo & Cheetah for Q’Apel has been enormous, and we are thrilled with the performance we have seen in clinic in our initial sites.

“It’s in Q’Apel’s DNA to bring to market highly differentiated products that truly provide a meaningful advantage and benefit to physicians and their patients. The Hippo Aspiration System also grants us the ability to offer physicians a complete stroke procedure.

“Hippo was designed to work with our market leading Balloon Guide Catheter, Walrus, and now we can marry the benefits of Walrus and the overwhelming evidence Balloon Guide Catheters offer with the game-changing technology of Hippo.”

Q’Apel Medical’s portfolio also includes the dual-mode Armadillo 7F and 6F Access System from the SelectFlex Family of Neurovascular Catheters.

These devices are said to have two separate operating modes, which make it simple for doctors to switch between them at any time during a clinical case and cut down on the number of catheters required for difficult procedures.

Featuring an adaptable radiopaque tip, the latest innovation in the Hippo Aspiration System provides doctors with visible feedback and essential information during the procedure.