by Robert Fanelli, MD
Covidien has released a curved reload staple cartridge for use with their laparoscopic linear stapling and cutting device. Curved staplers have proven useful in allowing division of intestine deeper in the pelvis.
- Device permits division of the rectum a full 2cm lower than competitive products.
- This reload features Covidien’s Tristaple Technology that uses three rows of staples that are closed to different heights during stapler firing, resulting in gradated tissue compression.
- Covidien recommends placing the Radial Reload through a hand assist access port, or through an open abdominal incision; its fixed curve precludes traditional placement through a rigid port.