PolyMed Surgical Tubing Overview - Products

By: Polygon Composites  09-12-2011
Keywords: Tubing, Medical Tubing, Composite Tubing

PolyMed® combines lightweight materials and strong physical characteristics, as well as radiolucent and dielectric properties, thin walls, rigidity and the ability to be sterilized. PolyMed® composite medical tubing meets this stringent criteria, while at the same time being competitive in price to stainless steel.

Thermally insulating

Unlike steel tubing, composites are comfortable to the touch and ready for immediate use without warming.


Unlike plastic tubing, Polygon medical composites can withstand a standard steam autoclave, yet are affordable enough to be disposable too.

Better than steel

Polygon composite tubing has a higher strength to weight ratio than steel. Smaller composite cannulas are possible due to this increased strength.


PolyMed® is extremely rigid over the longer lengths required for S/I applications.

Superb material resiliency

Metals can become permanently bent after being pushed past yield strength, becoming unusable. Composite tubing is more resilient and springs back, which is especially useful in trocar assemblies or other applications where high force is required.


Polygon composite tubing is an electrically insulating material, eliminating the need to shrink-wrap.
Polygon is the industry leader in providing double-insulation for handheld electric power tools. Those same dielectric properties work to reduce the risk of capacitance coupling and oxygen fires during electrosurgery for your product.


Polygon composite cannulas have excellent compatibility with optical devices unlike shiny stainless steel. PolyMed® tubing can also be painted for further improvement.

More lumens for less cost

Polygon can easily handle single, dual, and multi-lumen cannulas in one pass, making them more cost effective than the complex processes needed for steel machining.


Polymed® composite tubing is radiolucent for clear X-ray imaging, and are also non-magnetic for safe use in MRI environments. Surgical imaging is possible without removal of Polymed tubing, speeding emergency procedures.

Engineered Composite Tubing for Medical Applications

Our PolyMed® family of products emerged from the need in the medical community for a variety of fundamental characteristics that only composite materials provide.

Today, the PolyMed® line of medical composites are being used in diverse applications ranging from cannulas for laparoscopic surgery and vein harvesting procedures, to instrument tubes for robotic surgical operations. Polygon is also the world leader for minimally invasive composite cannulas, in both disposable and reusable applications. PolyMed® carries the USP Class VI rating and is ISO-10993 compliant.

PolyMed® strength and performance characteristics surpass those of stainless steel and are proven superior to traditional thermoplastic materials as well. The unique ability of composite materials to be tailored to almost any engineering challenge makes them the new material of choice. PolyMed® acts as a drop-in replacement for stainless steel tubing in a variety of endoscopic and laparoscopic instrumentation applications.


Any ratings are typical for design purposes. Final testing and approval is the customer's responsibility for their application. This information is derived from our testing and published data. There is no assurance of these properties, or warranty provided that these products are suitable for any particular purpose or operational situation.

Polygon certifies that their product will be free from material defect. Polygon will not accept any liability for loss, damages, or costs from use or misuse of our products.

Specifications are subject to change, and may be affected by our continual process of improvement. Changes may be made without prior announcement.

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