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Covidien unveils new surgical access and tissue sealing devices

Covidien : 13 March, 2012  (New Product)
Covidien is launching three innovative surgical devices designed to provide significant benefits to surgeons and improve patient outcomes.
The three are the Versaport bladeless optical 5mm trocar and two new line extensions to the LigaSure 5mm blunt tip sealer/divider portfolio.

The Versaport bladeless optical 5mm trocar will give surgeons clear visualization of the tissue layers during insertion in laparoscopic and thoracic procedures. The proprietary cannula design offers excellent fixation for port security and stability. The low-profile design delivers optimal manoeuverability, even when the trocar is used in small spaces.

The company also has broadened its line of vessel sealing devices with the introduction of two new shaft lengths - 20cm and 44cm - in its LigaSure 5mm blunt tip sealer/divider portfolio. This expanded portfolio will offer surgeons more versatility when operating on patients with different body shapes and sizes.

Surgeons worldwide have relied on the 37m LigaSure 5mm blunt tip sealer/divider for the device’s cutting length, atraumatic grasping, cutting independent of sealing, fast sealing and consistent performance.

The new products, along with Covidien's other latest innovations in surgical device technology, are on display at SAGES 2012, the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons taking place March 7-10 at the San Diego Convention Center (Booth 521).

"Covidien prides itself on its strong legacy of surgical device innovation. The Company has launched 100 new products over the last five years and, by increasing our investments in research and development, we're on track to launch another 50 new products over the next two years," said Paul Hermes, Chief Technology Officer, Covidien Surgical Solutions. "The new products were designed to provide significant enhancements to surgeons so they can perform minimally invasive surgery more effectively."

LigaSure technology provides a combination of pressure and energy to permanently seal vessels up to and including 7mm in size, lymphatics and tissue bundles. The average seal cycle is 2-to-4 seconds and seals withstand three times normal systolic blood pressure. The feedback-controlled response system automatically discontinues energy delivery when the seal cycle is complete, eliminating the guesswork. The technology has been used in millions of procedures worldwide and is supported by an ever-growing body of evidence-based research, now totaling over 300 studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

The Versaport bladeless optical 5mm trocar is the newest addition to the Versaport bladeless family of trocars. Its low-profile design provides for easy handling and maneuverability. The'dolphin-nose' tip with V2 geometry facilitates easy insertion and minimal fascial defects. The bladeless optical tip enables clear visualization and identification of the tissue layers on the first entry. The proprietary ribbed cannula enhances fixation, providing port stability and security.
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