SAGES Technology and Value Assessment of the LINX® Reflux Management System (Torax Medical, Inc., Shoreview, MN, USA) is comprised of a small expandable ring of linked magnetic beads. The device is laparoscopically implanted around the esophagus at the esophagogastric junction to mechanically augment the function of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Surgical simulation programs have the potential to broadly benefit numerous healthcare stakeholders. Patients, hospital, and surgeons themselves all stand to gain, either directly or indirectly, from skills that can be learned and refined through simulation. This is especially true in communities with residencies and fellowships where proficiency of surgical technique remains in development for novice surgeons.
The da Vinci® Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA, USA) is a computer-assisted (robotic) surgical system designed to enable and enhance minimally invasive surgery. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared computer-assisted surgical systems for use by trained physicians in an operating room environment for laparoscopic surgical procedures in general, cardiac, colorectal, gynecologic, head and neck, thoracic and urologic surgical procedures.