Optilume is currently under clinical investigation to determine safety and efficacy and is not approved for sale in any market.


Finally, long-term relief.

An exciting innovation in urethral stricture treatment—the Optilume drug coated balloon was inspired by severe patient and physician dissatisfaction with current stricture solutions.

This proprietary technology combines balloon dilation and drug delivery. Rapid uptake of the highly lipophilic drug, paclitaxel, limits hyperactive cell proliferation and the fibrotic scar tissue generation that results in stricture recurrence.

Drug-coated balloons (with paclitaxel) have been clinically proven to improve outcomes where restenosis is a problem in peripheral vascular disease—averaging 90.3% freedom from re-intervention at 24 months.
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How it works.

The safe, well-tolerated procedure is similar to traditional mechanical dilation methods and has a minimal learning curve. Localized drug delivery through micro tissue separations created by balloon expansion ensures that circumferential drug effectively covers the stricture.


Balloon inflates to create micro-fissures in the tissue, providing a pathway for full drug absorbtion.


Hydrophillic coating facilitates rapid release of paclitaxel.


Hydrophobic and lipophilic properties support rapid celluar uptake—enabling the drug to pass through the urethral wall and take up residency in the tissue.

The stricture

By combining a simple, effective balloon dilation with localized delivery of a proven anti-proliferative —Optilume ends the high recurrence cycle of failed endoscopic stricture management.

inflatable balloon

The semi-compliant inflatable balloon expands to create micro-fissures in the tissue, facilitating full drug absorption

Paclitaxel and Coating

A hydrophilic coating dissolves in saline (urine) for rapid drug release. The hydrophobic and lipophilic properties of the drug enable it to pass through the urethral wall and achieve residency in the tissue

Atraumatic tapered tip

Travels easily over the guidewire and can cross tight strictures without causing trauma


Optilume benefits.

  • Ends the high recurrence cycle of failed endoscopic stricture management
  • Minimally invasive
  • Compatible with flexible cystoscopes for maximum patient comfort
  • Balloon dynamic compliance provides optimal expansion for urology applications
"We're optimistic that the drug coated balloon catheter will dramatically improve the quality of life of men suffering daily from the symptoms of urethral strictures"
- Dr. Jessica DeLong,
Urology of Virginia
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