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The Advantages of Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds explained!

All About Advantages of Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds (BRS)

The Advantages of Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffolds explained!

These days, diseases affecting the heart are on the rise. While some patients suffer from heart-related ailments due to lifestyle habits, others inherit these conditions genetically. While heart health conditions can be worrying, we, fortunately, have many advanced treatment methods. Medical research keeps unveiling better and improved methods of dealing with heart disease to promote patient comfort and better prognosis.

One such invention that has revolutionised the treatment of coronary artery disease is the bioresorbable vascular scaffold. In this article, we will look at what a bioresorbable vascular scaffold is and its advantages in treating coronary artery disease .

What is the bioresorbable vascular scaffold?

A bioresorbable vascular scaffold is a newer type of stent used to open up a blocked artery. This stent acts as a temporary scaffold in a blocked artery and slowly dissolves over time as healing completes. This way, no residue gets left in the patient’s body.

In coronary artery diseases, patients are treated with Balloon Angioplasty (POBA), Bare Metal Stents (BMS), and Drug-Eluting Stents (DES) as prescribed by interventional cardiologists. Increasingly Bioresorbable vascular scaffolds are indeed becoming a way of the future.

The aforementioned medical devices were soon followed by the arrival of the first generation of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds. This first-generation scaffold had a 150-micron strut thickness. Let’s now examine the advantages of a bioresorbable vascular scaffold.

Advantages of bioresorbable vascular scaffold

Bioresorbable vascular scaffolds offer a bright future in treating coronary artery disease. Here are some of the main advantages of the bioresorbable vascular scaffold:

Temporary placement in the patient

Perhaps, the most significant advantage of the bioresorbable vascular scaffolds is that it’s presence in the patient’s body is only temporary. They dissolve over three years and help the vessel return to its natural state. Thus, bioresorbable vascular scaffolds are an excellent option for patients deemed fit for these devices. However, Metal stents and DES are still used, and depending on the type of lesions and the doctor’s discretion, the choice of the stent or scaffold is made

Since the scaffold completely degrades over 3 years, it completely preserves all options for future re-interventions

The temporary nature of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds offers ease for future treatments. Since no residue is left behind and the scaffolds dissolve completely, the same vessel can be easily treated again in the future without much hassle. This is a huge advantage over traditional metal stents. Completely absorbed, leaving nothing behind hence removing potential reasons for late side effects.

Safety and efficacy proved for short term and medium term (upto 3 years) 0% scaffold thrombosis

Since bioresorbable vascular scaffolds dissolve completely, it’s safety and efficacy are proven for short term and medium term of upto three years 0% stent thrombosis both in Indian and International patients. Stent thrombosis is a condition in which the artery gets blocked due to a thrombus in the stent, which can prove to be fatal for the patient.

MeRes 100 from Meril – The World’s First 100 Micron BRS

The MeRes 100 from Meril is a SIROLIMUS eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffold system. This next-generation thin struts bioresorbable vascular scaffold is the world’s first 100-micron BRS. With proven efficacy and safety, MeRes 100 is thin yet robust. It has excellent radiopacity. The MeRes 100 has, in both Indian and Global studies, demonstrated excellent safety and efficacy with 0 % scaffold thrombosis for up to 3 years. A large size matrix also offers accuracy of sizing. Now, coronary artery disease can be treated with no permanent implant left in the patient.

Meril designs and manufactures medical devices to promote patient wellbeing. With a presence in 100+ countries, Meril works towards identifying gaps in medical treatments and developing products that successfully address the unmet clinical needs. Over the years, the company has manufactured a range of medical devices, including vascular intervention medical devices, diagnostic medical devices, orthopedic implants, and ENT medical devices, among others. With a world-class manufacturing facility, Meril life offers state-of-the-art devices to promote better recovery. Since its inception in 2006, Meril has won many awards for its work and efforts.


Being diagnosed with heart disease can be quite worrying. Fortunately, we also have access to some of the best medical treatment solutions and devices in our day and age. If heart disease tends to run in your family’s medical history, you may want to consider getting regular check-ups done.

Make sure to adhere to all the lifestyle changes your doctor advises. Your doctor will probably advise you to see a nutritionist or give a diet chart. The doctor will suggest you eat healthy by consuming plenty of fruits and vegetables daily. In addition, you must cut down on salt and sugar in your daily meals. It is also essential to exercise regularly, though you may want to ask your doctor which exercises are safe and how much exercise you need per day. Try to minimise stress as much as possible. Get sufficient rest and quit habits such as smoking which can worsen your condition. Taking small, consistent steps towards leading a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in helping your body fight disease.