Blom-Singer® Advantage

Clinical application

The valve of the Blom-Singer® Advantage prosthesis is made of silver oxide silicone. Rather than being applied as a coating, the silver oxide is incorporated in the silicone (7%), and is intended to reduce biofilm formation on the valve. There are two versions of the Blom-Singer® Advantage prosthesis. The "Hard Valve Assembly" has a reinforcing titanium ring in the shaft and is available in 20 Fr. The "Soft Valve Assembly" Blom-Singer® Advantage prosthesis does not have the titanium ring and is available in shaft diameters of 16 Fr and 20 Fr.

CAVE: The studies mentioned here apply to the "Hard Valve Assembly" Blom-Singer® Advantage prosthesis.

Type of prosthesis: Low-resistance indwelling prosthesis
Outer diameter of shaft: 20 Fr or 16 Fr (6.6 or 5.9 mm)
Shaft lengths: 4-22 mm in 2 mm increments
Material: medical-grade silicone, silver oxide silicone around the valve
Valve type: flap valve
Method of insertion: anterograde with a gel capsule
Indication: biofilm-based transprosthetic leakage
Biofilm resistance: yes
Underpressure stability: no
Non-fatiguing valve mechanism: no
Prevalence: USA, Europe (low)

Literature

1. Kress P, Schäfer P, Schwerdtfeger FP., Clinical use of a voice prosthesis with a flap valve containing silver oxide (Blom-Singer Advantage), biofilm formation, in-situ lifetime and indication, Laryngorhinootologie. 2006 Dec;85(12):893-6.
2. Leder SB, Acton LM, Kmiecik J, Ganz C, Blom ED., Voice restoration with the advantage tracheoesophageal voice prosthesis., Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 Nov;133(5):681-4.