Bluegrass Vascular Announces New Paper Reporting Use of the Surfacer® System via Transcollateral Approach

April 29, 2022

San Antonio, TX – Bluegrass Vascular Technologies, a private medical technology company focused on innovating lifesaving devices and methods for vascular access procedures, announced today the publication of a paper reporting on the use of the Surfacer® System to perform the Inside-Out® procedure via transcollateral approach.

“The Surfacer® Inside-out® system represents a new approach to restore right-sided central venous access in chronic thoracic venous occlusion by the inside-out recanalization technique” stated Dr. Andrej Klepanec, PhD, MPH, EBIR, from the Department of Radiology at University Hospital Trnava in Trnava, Slovakia and lead author on the paper. “In this paper, we report the first case to our knowledge of dialysis access restoration with Surfacer system implantation via an unconventional and non-standard route by a transcollateral approach in a patient with exhausted vascular access options.”

“Physicians continue to identify unique ways of utilizing the Surfacer System to facilitate gaining central venous access in patients with central venous occlusions,” said Gabriele Niederauer, Ph.D., CEO and President of Bluegrass Vascular. “This demonstrates the clinical utility of the device across a wide range of patient populations with anatomical challenging conditions who can benefit from our technology.”

About the Surfacer® Inside-Out® Access Catheter System

The Surfacer System is designed to reliably, efficiently and repeatedly gain central venous access by inserting the Surfacer System through the right femoral vein and navigating it up through the patient’s venous system with an exit point in the right internal jugular vein, the optimal location for placing a central venous catheter. This proprietary Inside-Out approach allows for the placement and maturation of permanent arteriovenous access options that are associated with improved patient outcomes and reduced cost of care for both hospitals and hemodialysis providers. The Surfacer System has received FDA De Novo device clearance in the US and is CE marked in Europe.  The device is currently distributed in North America and Europe by  Merit Medical, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical devices.

About Bluegrass Vascular Technologies

Bluegrass Vascular Technologies is a medical technology company dedicated to developing and commercializing lifesaving devices and methods that address shortcomings in vascular access procedures. For more information, please visit