BÜLACH, Switzerland,

BIOTRONIK Expands Range of Peripheral Introducer Sheaths

The Addition of 7 and 8 French Reinforced Introducer Sheaths to the Fortress Line Enables Use in New Treatment Approaches

BIOTRONIK is pleased to announce the expansion of the Fortress® reinforced introducer sheath line, which is now available in 7- and 8F-compatible sizes in the United States and countries that recognize European CE Mark approval.  

The Fortress introducer sheaths are intended to provide access and facilitate percutaneous introduction of guidewires, catheters and other devices into the femoral, popliteal and infrapopliteal arteries1 while maintaining hemostasis during diagnostic and interventional procedures. The sheath is reinforced with a polymer-embedded stainless steel coil to ensure excellent kink and deformation resistance.  

“In complex vascular procedures, we as interventionalists need the right tools that simplify our workflows and lower risks for patients,” said Dr. Torsten Fuß, Head of Internal and Intensive Care Medicine at the Elblandklinikum Radebeul in Radebeul, GermanyThe Fortress 7F and 8F introducer sheaths sizes have a very smooth dilator-to-sheath transition, reducing friction when going over the bifurcation. It is easier to insert compared to other introducers on the market and has excellent pushability in typically challenging access presentations like pre-operated and calcified groins.” 

The new line extension sizes not only preserve the existing benefits of Fortress introducer sheaths but are designed to offer compatibility with 7F and 8F devices for endovascular procedures*, including the use of covered stents and atherectomy devices. 

With the addition of these new sizes, the Fortress introducer sheath is now available in a full size range from 4F to 8F.

The Fortress introducer sheaths have proven a favourite with interventionalists due to their ease of use and excellent kink resistance,” commented Dr. Alexander Uhl, President Vascular Intervention at BIOTRONIK. “The expansion of Fortress introducer sheaths to 7F and 8F-compatibility allows physicians to use Fortress with a broader range of procedures such as most artherectomy devices and covered stents.” 



1 BIOTRONIK data on file. *Indication as per IFU.

Fortress is a trademark or registered trademark of the BIOTRONIK Group of Companies. 


At BIOTRONIK, patient well-being is our top priority and has been for 60 years. BIOTRONIK is a leading global medical technology company with products and services that save and improve the lives of millions suffering from heart and blood vessel diseases. Driven by a purpose to perfectly match technology with the human body, we are dedicated innovators who develop trusted cardiovascular and endovascular solutions. BIOTRONIK is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and is represented in over 100 countries.