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Ethicon Endo-Surgery Novel Investigational Notes and SSL Devices Featured in 15 Presentations at Sages
Date:4/22/2009

CincinNAti, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery today announced the company's novel, investigational* devices, including its NOTES Toolbox(TM), are featured in 15 studies being presented at the 2009 Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Annual Meeting. Setting the stage for human trials, 13 of the studies reported positive preliminary experiences with the devices during, or with direct application to, natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES). Two additional studies demonstrated a new multi-port device developed by Ethicon-Endo Surgery successfully facilitated single-site laparoscopy (SSL).

"The development of new technology will be integral in order to safely and responsibly move SSL and NOTES forward," said Daniel J. Scott MD, FACS, associate professor of surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. "In particular, we found the natural orifice surgery devices developed by Ethicon Endo-Surgery addressed some fundamental limitations of the off-the-shelf endoscopic instruments used in NOTES procedures to date. These new devices overcome some of the force limitations typical of flexible devices and may provide the operating clinician capabilities that are more in line with laparoscopy."

The NOTES Toolbox is a comprehensive suite of devices specifically designed for natural orifice surgery. Highlights of the NOTES Toolbox studies presented at the 2009 SAGES Annual Meeting include:

  • The Development and Testing of a Tethered, Independent Camera for NOTES and Single-Site Laparoscopic Procedures (Podium Presentation) - Found a newly developed displaced visualization system provided surgeons a "stadium view" similar to that of a laparoscope during preclinical NOTES procedures in the porcine model. Study authors, led by Imperial College (London) and Colchester General Hospital (United Kingdom), beli
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