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US-based Medtronic has launched the NuVent EM sinus dilation system for the Fusion ENT navigation system, developed and manufactured by the company’s ear nose and throat (ENT) division of its surgical technologies business.

The balloon sinus dilation system, NuVen, comes with built-in electromagnetic (EM) surgical navigation technology that helps the surgeon confirm anatomy and optimise balloon placement during balloon sinus surgery, which is used as part of the treatment of chronic sinusitis.

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According to the company, by combining the NuVent system and Fusion ENT Navigation, surgeons can see the precise location of the NuVent instrument’s tip on the Fusion screen.

The combination provides an additional tool to help surgeons move tissue and bone around the openings of the frontal, maxillary, and sphenoid sinuses to help restore drainage in a minimally invasive way.

"Sinus surgery is often employed to restore normal mucociliary clearance in the sinuses, when medical management fails to relieve symptoms."

Sinus surgery is often employed to restore normal mucociliary clearance in the sinuses, when medical management fails to relieve symptoms.

Medtronic vice-president and general manager of the ENT division Vince Racano said: "NuVent is very appealing to customers because of its novel built-in surgical EM navigation, ease-of-use, and the familiar sinus instrument styles.

"This system is another example of our innovative integration of technologies and therapies that brings Medtronic surgical synergy to the operating room, driving procedural excellence, economic value, and patient care."

In addition, the company is planning to carry out clinical trials to expand the indications for use of the NuVent product to additional procedures, such as, revision surgery.

Medtronic’s surgical technologies business develops products and procedural solutions for surgical applications that include ear, nose, and throat; cranial and functional neurosurgery; spinal and orthopaedics; as well as general surgical oncology.

Image: Medtronic world headquarters in Minneapolis, US. Photo: courtesy of Medtronic, Inc.