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|Covidien Launches World’s First Knotless Suture Reload for Laparoscopic and Single-Incision Procedures|
Bariatric practice education program also introduced at ASMBS 2012
Covidien's V-Loc™ knotless suturing device is now available as a reload that works with the Company's proprietary Endo Stitch™ and SILS™ Stitch suturing devices for multi-port and single-port laparoscopic surgery. The new device can increase operating room efficiency during bariatric surgery and other procedures.
"Bariatric surgery requires a significant amount of surgical stapling and suturing to ensure anastomotic closure," noted
By combining proprietary automated needle-passing technology with a knotless suturing device, the V-Loc device for Endo Stitch and SILS Stitch devices offers distinctive benefits over hand suturing and conventional automated suturing options. The V-Loc device for use with Endo Stitch has a unique barb and loop design, enabling faster suturing by eliminating the need to tie any knots and saving surgeons 35-42% of the time required to suture inside the body, according to a recent pre-clinical study.1 Compared to conventional suturing, the proprietary Endo Stitch™ suturing device can save 45-70% of laparoscopic suturing time, clinical studies show.2-5
"Covidien works closely with surgeons to develop devices that not only improve patient outcomes, but also make surgery easier, safer and more efficient. We believe that our new V-Loc knotless suturing reloads for minimally invasive surgery will help surgeons perform aspects of their procedures with greater efficiency," said
Covidien's comprehensive bariatric surgery portfolio is on display here at the 29th Annual Meeting of the
Separately at the meeting, an investigational team led by
Covidien Launches Bariatric Practice Education Program
In addition, the Company is announcing new tools for the Shaping a Better Future in Bariatric Surgery program - Covidien's bariatric patient education and practice management initiatives.
The new patient education programs will also be featured at Covidien's booth at this year's ASMBS annual meeting.
1. Omotosho, P., B. Yurcisin, et al. "In vivo assessment of an absorbable and nonabsorbable knotless barbed suture for laparoscopic single-layer enterotomy closure: a clinical and biomechanical comparison against nonbarbed suture." J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A 21(10): 893-7 (2011).
2. Nguyen NT, Mayer KL, Bold RJ, et al. "Laparoscopic suturing evaluation among surgical residents." J Surgl Res. 93(1):133-136 (2000).
3. Pattaras JG, Smith GS, Landman L, Moore RG. "Comparison and analysis of laparoscopic intracorporeal suturing devices: preliminary results". J Endourol. 15(2):187-192 (2001).
4. Stringer NH. "Laparoscopic myomectomy with the Endo Stitch ™ 10-mm laparoscopic suturing device." Gynecol Laparosc. 3(2):299-300 (1996).
5. Adams JB, Schulam PG, Moore RG, Partin AW, Kavoussi LR. "New laparoscopic suturing device: initial clinical experience." Urology. 46(2):242-245 (1995).
6. Staple formation comparison between Covidien's EGIA60AXT and Ethicon's ECR60G in an ex-vivo tissue model, Covidien Engineering Report No. PCG-006_rev1,
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