Composite Surgical Tubing Benefits

Composite Surgical 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.

Rigid or Flexible?

PolyMed materials are available in a wide variety of configurations to meet application challenges, including your choice of rigid or flexible tubing. PolyMed in a flexible configuration is highly resilient and springs back to its original shape. Metal counterparts can become permanently bent after being pushed past yield strength, becoming unusable. Need a rigid tube? PolyMed can also be configured to provide high rigidity with an excellent strength to weight ratio compared to stainless steel.

Many Sterilization Options

Unlike plastic tubing, Polygon medical composites can withstand a standard steam autoclave, and are also compatible with gamma and ETO sterilization, yet are affordable enough to be disposable too.

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Better than Stainless Steel

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

Custom Profiles

Polygon excels at providing specialized custom tubing profiles for their customers. From single to multiple lumen designs, PolyMed is an excellent choice.

Non-round lumens are also possible. PolyMed does not face many of the inherent limiting factors present in metal machining.

Polygon's team of medical engineers works closely with device manufacturers to produce unique and effective solutions.


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.

Thermally Insulating

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


High Dielectric Strength

PolyMed materials use no metal components, only electrically insulating materials. This eliminates the need to heat shrink.

Polygon is the industry leader in providing double-insulation for handheld electric power tools. The same dielectric properties in PolyMed tubing eliminate the risk of capacitance coupling during electrosurgical procedures.


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


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® 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.