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Fully articulating laparoscopic instrumentation eliminates need to open chest for surgery

Cambridge Endo : 15 January, 2008  (New Product)
By using Cambridge Endo's Autonomy Laparo-Angle scissors and dissectors a 17-year-old boy has three small scars to show for his life-saving operation because the newly enabled technique allowed his surgeons to avoid a highly invasive procedure.
Bradley Linden, MD, director of minimally invasive and computer assisted paediatric surgery at Children's Hospital Boston and Christopher Weldon, MD, PhD, were able to successfully remove a very large tumour located at the apex of the chest wall without making any significant incisions by using the scissors.

'Normally, we would have first performed a thoracotomy, a painful incision on the chest wall, followed by another incision on the neck in order to gain access to the tumour,' explained Dr Linden. 'The articulating tips of the Autonomy instruments gave us a level of access and control that traditional rigid laparoscopic instruments can't achieve in the apex of the chest.'

The Autonomy instruments enabled the surgeons to cleanly dissect the tumour away through three 5mm ports with almost no blood loss. The patient was discharged home in three days and back to school in a week. The surgery took place on September 12, 2007.

Autonomy Laparo-Angle instruments from Cambridge Endo enable less invasive surgeries because the fully articulating tips provide access to difficult areas with optimal positioning and control. The instruments map, in exact proportion, the motion of the hand holding the instrument. This allows simultaneous actions, such as articulating downward while rotating, which enable dissecting and suturing in tight spaces.
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