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this week announced the limited market release of its Wattson Temporary Pacing Guidewide.

The limited market release commenced at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and was used in its first cases under the guidance of Dr. Tamim Nazif, Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Susheel Kodali, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center, and Dr. Isaac George, Surgical Director of the Heart Valve Center.

Teleflex’s Wattson Temporary Pacing Guidewires have dual functionality to support valve delivery and ventricular bipolar during structural heart procedures. It can be used in transcatheter aortic valve replacement and balloon aortic valvuloplasty procedures.

Wattson offers a procedural alternative that Teleflex designed to avoid potential complications, steps and costs associated with traditional right ventricular pacing. It has a flexible distal pigtail shape, multiple electrodes and a bipolar design to reduce the risk of ventricular perforation in capture during rapid pacing.

“We are thrilled that our team at Columbia University Irving Medical Center was selected for the Wattson Temporary Pacing Guidewire limited market release and are proud to have completed the first TAVR procedures with this important new device,” Nazif said in a news release. “The Wattson Temporary Pacing Guidewire facilitated minimalist TAVR procedures with safe and reliable LV pacing throughout our first two days of cases, and we are eager to continue to use it moving forward.”

Teleflex won FDA clearance for Wattson in May 2023.

“Providing interventionalists with a new tool specifically engineered to address unmet clinical needs frequently encountered during structural heart procedures is a significant milestone for Teleflex,” Roger Graham, president and general manager of the Teleflex Interventional business unit, said.“The Wattson Temporary Pacing Guidewire reflects our steadfast focus on filling gaps in existing technologies as well as our commitment to providing more options that further simplify minimalist TAVR and other structural procedures.”