Covidien, a manufacturer of medical and healthcare products, has introduced the Endo GIA Radial Reload.
The Endo GIA Radial Reload incorporates Tri-Staple technology and allows surgeons to cut and securely staple colon tissue up to 2cm deeper into the pelvis.
Covidien surgical solutions product development director, Mike Primavera, said that with the new design of the Radial Reload, the company is setting new standards for access, manoeuvrability and staple line security in low anterior resection (LAR) procedures.
"Using feedback from our customers, we designed the device to deliver optimal performance, even in the most challenging cases," Primavera added.
David E. Rivadeneira, chief of colon and rectal surgery and director of the colon and rectal programme at St Catherine of Siena Medical Center and St Charles Hospital, said that during LAR procedures, surgeons are faced with the challenge of maintaining good visualisation and appropriate distal margins, with the goal of sphincter preservation and avoidance of an ostomy.
"In the cadaver study sponsored by Covidien, we demonstrated that the Radial Reload provides better access and visualisation deep in the pelvis during open LAR, as compared to the Ethicon contour curved cutter stapler," Rivadeneira added.
"Deeper access into the lower pelvis can potentially help improve a surgeon's ability to perform sphincter salvage procedures and avoid a colostomy bag, which improves a patient's quality of life."
Covidien introduced the iDrive and right angle linear cutter, a reusable powered stapling product for colorectal surgery, in 2011.
The company said it will present the Radial Reload at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Scientific Meeting, held between 2 and 6 June 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, US.
US-based healthcare products company, Covidien, distributes various product lines to medical devices, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies segments.
Image: Radial Reload with Tri-Staple technology enables surgeons to cut and securely staple colon tissue up to 2cm deeper into the pelvis. Photo courtesy of: Covidien.