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Cardica launches new distal anastomosis system in the USA

Cardica : 23 January, 2008  (New Product)
Cardica has launched its new C-Port xA X-CHANGE Distal Anastomosis System, now commercially available in the USA.
The C-Port xA X-CHANGE system, a cartridge-based, reloadable C-Port system, allows surgeons to attach multiple blood vessel grafts using the same handle during a coronary artery bypass Graft (CABG) procedure, which may reduce costs.

Cardica plans to feature the product at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 44th Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of cardiothoracic surgeons in North America, being held January 28-30, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

'We are pleased to offer the cartridge-based C-Port xA X-CHANGE system in response to feedback from surgeons desiring a solution to address all of their bypass needs with a single handle, which is less expensive than using a new C-Port system for each anastomosis,' said Bernard A. Hausen, MD, PhD, president and chief executive officer of Cardica. 'With the introduction of this product, we will continue to provide surgeons with the same mechanically-governed, reproducible anastomoses while enhancing the functionality and providing the ability to perform multiple anastomoses with one device.'

The C-Port xA X-CHANGE system accommodates cartridges pre-loaded with staples, allowing a surgeon to complete multiple anastomoses using the same CO2-powered handle. Each device in the C-Port system product line is designed to enable automated, reliable and reproducible connections of blood vessels during cardiac bypass surgery.

Unlike most hand-sewn anastomoses, Cardica's C-Port systems create compliant anastomoses that can expand and contract with blood flow. In addition, the C-Port anastomosis systems, whether used during on- or off- pump surgery, offer surgeons access to a wide range of coronary arteries, particularly small coronary arteries, which, in the past, have been difficult or impossible to connect effectively.

The product received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration in December 2007.
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