Raynham, MA (JUNE 8, 2011) – Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman), a global neuroscience and neurovascular company, today announced the launch of the ORBIT GALAXY™ Detachable Coil System (ORBIT GALAXY), the first complete family of complex, random loop coils for the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms.
ORBIT GALAXY includes the complete range of stretch resistant Frame, Fill and XTRASOFT™ Finishing coils required to treat aneurysms. The new coils feature a unique, complex random loop design. This shape makes the coils highly conformable and enables them to seek and fill open spaces in cerebral aneurysms to achieve high packing densities, which have been correlated with low patient retreatment rates.1,2,3,4
ORBIT GALAXY leverages design elements from CODMAN’s TRUFILL DCS ORBIT® coils, but adds new features including stretch resistance, the soft, complex XTRASOFT Finishing coil, and the stable, conformable Frame coil.
“Codman developed this family of endovascular coils to offer physicians a total procedural solution that can be used to treat the majority of cerebral aneurysms from start to finish,” said P. Laxmin Laxminarain, Worldwide President of Codman. “We’ve retained the best elements of the TRUFILL DCS ORBIT® System and added new features and components that make ORBIT GALAXY a next generation system that fills important clinical and patient needs.”
Codman’s proprietary manufacturing process gives each coil its own unique and random, complex shape. The use of complex, random loop coils have been shown to result in significantly higher packing than helical coils and complex coils with pre-determined shapes.5
“The ORBIT GALAXY family of coils leverages proven and reliable coil technology with important new developments. The conformability and softness of these stretch resistant coils enables physicians to confidently fill an aneurysm very densely from the periphery to the core,” said Elad I. Levy, MD, FACS, FAHA, Professor of Neurosurgery, University at Buffalo Neurosurgery, State University of New York.* “Having a complete set of coils in one system helps streamline the procedure.”
Endovascular coils are inserted directly into an aneurysm through a microcatheter, a small, thin, hollow tube, to block blood flow and prevent rupture, which could lead to a hemorrhagic stroke, a life-threatening condition that affects about 13 percent of the 800,000 U.S. stroke cases each year.6 According to the American Stroke Association, cerebral aneurysms affect 3 to 5 million people in the United States.7
Over the last several months, Codman, through its Codman Neurovascular business unit, introduced the NEUROSCOUT™ Steerable Guidewire and the XTRASOFT™ ORBIT GALAXY™ Coil globally, as well as the ENTERPRISE™ Vascular Reconstruction Device and Delivery System in Japan for the treatment of wide-necked intracranial aneurysms.
In late 2010, Johnson & Johnson acquired Micrus Endovascular, a global developer and manufacturer of minimally invasive devices for hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, which now operates under Codman Neurovascular.
About Codman & Shurtleff, Inc.
Codman is a global neuroscience and neurovascular company that develops and markets a wide range of products and solutions for the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders including chronic pain management, adult and pediatric hydrocephalus, neuro critical care, stroke prevention and management. Codman is part of the DePuy Family of Companies within Johnson & Johnson. The DePuy Family of Companies has a rich heritage of pioneering a broad range of products and solutions across the continuum of orthopaedic and neurological care. Visit www.codman.com and www.depuy.com for more information.
*Paid consultant to Codman
 Slob MJ, et al. “Influence of coil thickness on packing, re-opening and retreatment of intracranial aneurysms: a comparative study between two types of coils.” Neurological Research 2005;27(1).
Hirsch J, et al. “Midterm clinical experience with a complex-shaped detachable platinum coil system for the treatment of cerebral aneurysms: TRUFILL DCS ORBIT detachable coil system.” Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology 2007;18:1487-94.
Wakhloo A, et al. “Complex-shaped platinum coils for brain aneurysms: higher packing density, improved biomechanical stability and midterm angiographic outcome.” American Journal of Neuroradiology 2007;28:1395-40.
Sluzewski M, et al. “Relationship between aneurysm volume, packing and compaction.” Radiology 2004;231:653-8. Van Rooij WJ, et al, Packing performance of GDC 360˚ coils in intracranial aneurysms: a comparison with complex ORBIT coils and helical GDC 10 coils. AJNR 2007;28.
Van Rooij WJ, et al. “Packing performance of GDC 360˚ coils in intracranial aneurysms: a comparison with complex ORBIT coils and helical GDC 10 coils.” AJNR 2007;28.
American Stroke Association. Hemorrhagic Stroke. Available from: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/TypesofStroke/HemorrhagicBleeds/Hemorrhagic-Bleeds_UCM_310940_Article.jsp
American Stroke Association. “What You Should Know About Cerebral Aneurysms.” June 2009. Available from: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/TypesofStroke/HemorrhagicBleeds/What-You-Should-Know-About-Cerebral-Aneurysms_UCM_310103_Article.jsp