COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Spectranetics Corporation (Nasdaq:SPNC) today announced the launch of the Turbo Elite ® .035 product line extension. The two new catheter sizes – with diameters of 2.3 mm and 2.5 mm – are compatible with a .035" guidewire, augmenting the versatility of the Turbo Elite laser to treat complex lesions including chronic total occlusions (CTOs) in blood vessels above and below the knee. The Turbo Elite laser atherectomy catheter was designed specifically for the treatment of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), vaporizing blockages in leg vessels and restoring blood flow. The minimally invasive procedure requires less recovery time than bypass surgery and often provides patients with an alternative to amputation. Vascular surgeon Lawrence J. Goldstein, MD, FACS, participated in clinical evaluations which were conducted at selected regional sites in the U.S. and Europe. He reports consistently saving time and resources when performing crossing procedures with the Turbo Elite system. According to Dr. Goldstein, "I typically attempt to cross an occlusion by first using a .035 guidewire. Because these new catheter sizes are compatible with this wire size, they eliminate the need to change wires to perform the laser atherectomy procedure once I have crossed the lesion." According to Donna Ford-Serbu, Senior Vice President Global Marketing, Strategy and Portfolio, the Turbo Elite .035 system enables clinicians to cross what is often considered an 'uncrossable' lesion without using a wire. These lesion types are frequently encountered in complex chronic total occlusions, which are reported in up to 40% of patients with peripheral lesions caused by PAD, leaving interventionalists with few treatment options. "Using a step-by-step lasing technique*, the Turbo Elite .035 can be used to cross a CTO without a guidewire," said Ms. Ford-Serbu. "These new catheters will help fill a need expressed by many interventionalists: more CTO crossing tools. They now have a broader range of versatility that offers safe, proven solutions for patients."