Why Metal free PCI

The implantation of latest generation drug-eluting stents represents one of the major therapeutic achievements of Cardiology. Without detracting from the advantages of this therapeutic solution, the presence of a foreign body in a coronary artery can be problematic in the long term (5-10 years) due to the tendency of the artery to form a plaque inside the stent and to the difficulties in treating a new narrowing within the stent itself.

Not infrequently, we see situations requiring the implantation of a stent inside another stent. These problems are magnified when using long stents. The possibility to obtain the same results without implanting foreign bodies is an interesting alternative.


Bioresorbable scaffolds

  • What are bioresorbable scaffolds (stents)?
  • Materials
  • Studies
  • The present
  • Which are the bioresorbable scaffolds we now utilize?

Drug-coated balloon

  • Description of a drug-coated balloon
  • Studies
  • What are the advantages of drug-coated balloons over metal stents, including bioresorbable scaffolds?
  • What are the unique features of drug-coated balloons?

Hybrid solutions

  • Is it possible to think about hybrid solutions?
  • When do we need a hybrid solution?
  • What are the potential benefits of a hybrid solution?
  • Hybrid solutions: the approach