Composite Surgical Tubing Benefits
PolyMed® combines lightweight materials and strong physical characteristics, as well as radiolucent and dielectric properties, thin walls, rigidity and the ability to be sterilized. PolyMed® composite medical tubing meets this stringent criteria, all while being competitive in price to stainless steel.
Rigid or Flexible?
PolyMed® materials are available in a wide variety of configurations to meet application challenges, including your choice of rigid or flexible tubing. PolyMed® in a flexible configuration is highly resilient and springs back to its original shape. Metal counterparts can become permanently bent after being pushed past yield strength, becoming unusable. Need a rigid tube? PolyMed® can also be configured to provide high rigidity with an excellent strength to weight ratio compared to stainless steel.
Unlike plastic tubing, Polygon medical composites can withstand a standard steam autoclave. Disposable surgical cannulas are also possible if desired. Many types of disposable tubing are possible, and Polygon can balance designs around many sterilization options.
Better than Steel
Polygon composite tubing has a higher strength to weight ratio than steel. Smaller composite cannulas are possible due to this increased strength. This is particularly advantageous to the minimally invasive surgical market. Thin walled tubing allows device engineers to add more functions in the same space, reducing the need for equipment changes.
Polygon excels at providing specialized custom tubing profiles for their customers. For both single lumen and multi-lumen designs, PolyMed® is an excellent choice.
Non-round lumens are also possible. PolyMed® does not face many of the inherent limiting factors present in metal machining.
Polygon's team of medical engineers works closely with device manufacturers to produce unique and effective solutions.
PolyMed® composite tubing is radiolucent for clear X-ray imaging, and are also non-magnetic for safe use in MRI environments. Surgical imaging is possible without removal of PolyMed® tubing, speeding emergency procedures.
Unlike steel tubing, composites are comfortable to the touch and ready for immediate use without warming.
High Dielectric Strength
PolyMed® materials use no metal components, only electrically insulating materials. This eliminates the need to heat shrink. PolyMed materials insulate through the entire cross-section, unlike heat shrink which can fail when nicked.
Polygon is the industry leader in providing double-insulation for handheld electric power tools. The same dielectric properties in PolyMed® tubing eliminate the risk of capacitance coupling during electrosurgical procedures.
Polygon composite cannulas have excellent compatibility with optical devices unlike shiny stainless steel. PolyMed® tubing can also be painted for further improvement.
Engineered Composite Tubing for Medical Applications
Our PolyMed® family of products emerged from the need in the medical community for a variety of fundamental characteristics that only composite materials provide.
Today, the PolyMed® line of medical composites are being used in diverse applications ranging from cannulas for laparoscopic surgery and vein harvesting procedures, to instrument tubes for robotic surgical operations. Polygon is also the world leader for minimally invasive composite cannulas, in both disposable and reusable applications. PolyMed® is ISO-10993 compliant.
PolyMed® strength and performance characteristics surpass those of stainless steel and are proven superior to traditional thermoplastic materials as well. The unique ability of composite materials to be tailored to almost any engineering challenge makes them the new material of choice. PolyMed® acts as a drop-in replacement for stainless steel tubing in a variety of endoscopic and laparoscopic instrumentation applications.
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Any ratings are typical for design purposes. Your design parameters may affect final ratings. Consult with a Polygon sales engineer for guidance. Final testing and approval is the customer's responsibility for their application. This information is derived from our testing and published data. There is no assurance of these properties, or warranty provided that these products are suitable for any particular purpose or operational situation.
Polygon certifies that their product will be free from material defect. Polygon will not accept any liability for loss, damages, or costs from use or misuse of our products.
Specifications are subject to change, and may be affected by our continual process of improvement. Changes may be made without prior announcement.