Challenge: Reducing the Time & Burden on Patients
Challenge:Reducing the Time & Burden on Patients
				Everyone must have heard of catheter surgery. But just what sort of surgery is it?
				Catheter surgery involves inserting fine, thin tubes through blood vessels or the digestive tract to perform a range of treatments. For example, it can be used to open up narrowed blood vessels, remove blood clots, and electrically sever causes of arrhythmia. This new technology is giving rise to a range of new treatments.
				Catheter surgery does not require surgically cutting the body, so patients do not need general anesthesia, and the surgery time is reduced to a few dozen minutes, or a few hours at most. There is a dramatic reduction in the time required, compared to conventional surgeries. This surgery is also advantageous for both patients and physicians, by reducing the number of days a patient needs to be hospitalized.
				However, even this surgical technique requires inserting foreign materials into the patients’ bodies, in the form of catheters, considering the desire of medical professionals at the frontline is to perform treatments with as little burden as possible being placed on the patients, with the incisions being as small as possible and safe.
				It is Kaneka technology that has played a part in bringing this about. Ever since Kaneka started developing catheters in 1994, it has continued creating a series of specialized catheters, such as the balloon catheters used in angina or myocardial infarction.
				Kaneka’s balloon catheters have achieved one of the smallest diameters of all Japanese catheters, and are able to penetrate to the end of the finest cardiovascular blood vessels in order to allow gentle, accurate treatment. Kaneka’s technologies are found in the smallest of details, as it uses soft tips and hydrophilic polymers to make the catheters pass through the blood vessels easily.
				Kaneka also uses its strengths in developing products and technologies to provide specialized products that meet the actual needs of medical treatment. For example, our perfusion balloon catheters that can retain the blood flow while the balloon is inflated, our long balloon catheters that can expand the fine blood vessels which stretch below the knee with a single balloon, and our balloon catheters that incorporate special fibers allowing the balloons to inflate under high pressure to open up the narrowed and hard, calcified blood vessels.
				For the patient’s peace of mind and reducing the burden, Kaneka will continue to join forces with medical professionals at the frontline and work towards developing a range of high performance catheters.

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