TAVAC Category: Technology Alerts

Levita Magnetic Surgical System

Levita Magnetics received FDA approval for the Levita Magnetic Surgical System on August 16, 2016.

This device is a magnetic surgical system. It is approved to grasp and retract the gallbladder during laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures to facilitate visualization of the surgical site.

Senhance Surgical Robotic System

Authors: Allyne Topaz, MD & Luca Milone, MD TransEnterix Surgical, Inc. received FDA approval for the Senhance Surgical Robotic System on October 13, 2017. The Senhance Surgical Robotic System is a new robotically-assisted surgical device (RASD) that can help facilitate minimally invasive surgery. This robotic platform allows surgeons to sit at a console unit with […]

PROXISURE™ Suturing System

Authors: David Kelly MD, Nova Szoka MD Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. received FDA approval for the PROXISURE™ Suturing System on June 3, 2016. The PROXISURE™ Suturing System consists of a reusable PROXISURE™ Suturing Device and a single use Suture Cartridge. It may be used in minimally invasive surgeries for placing interrupted or running stitches in soft […]

Flourish™ Pediatric Esophageal Atresia Device

Written by: Sarah Assali & Nova Szoka MD Wilson-Cook Medical Inc. received FDA approval for the Flourish™ Pediatric Esophageal Atresia Device on May 12, 2017. This product is intended for the non-surgical correction of esophageal atresia less than 4 centimeters apart in children up to 1 year of age. It utilizes 2 catheters with magnets […]

Da Vinci Xi Surgical System with Table Motion: Fourth generation robotic-assisted surgical platform.

Intuitive Surgical Inc. received FDA approval for the da Vinci Xi Surgical System with Table Motion in January 2016. The da Vinci Xi Surgical System with Table Motion, is the company’s fourth generation, robotic-assisted surgical platform available for use in the United States. The core technology included in all da Vinci platforms includes a surgeon’s […]

MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 Stapler: 5mm articulating minimally-invasive stapler.

Cardica Inc. received FDA approval for the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 Stapler in January 2016. The MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 Stapler is a cartridge-based, minimally-invasive linear stapler with an articulating 5mm diameter shaft. It is capable of 360-degree shaft rotation, and articulation of 80-degrees in each direction. The stapler can be introduced through a 5mm port; it […]

VBLOC/maestro: Neuromodulation weight loss device.

EnteroMedics® Inc. has received FDA approval for the VBLOC neurostimulation weight loss device in January 2015. VBLOC is a surgically implanted neuromodulation device delivering intermittent vagal nerve block. It consists of a rechargeable pulse generator implanted sub-cutaneously and two leads with a distal electrode. The electrodes are placed on the trunks of the vagus nerve […]

Aspire Assist: Percutaneous mechanical gastric emptying weight loss device

Aspire Bariatrics® Inc. has received FDA approval for the AspireAssist weight loss device in June 2016. The AspireAssist resembles a large PEG tube. It consists of a tube that connects the inside of the stomach to a port (Skin-Port) outside of the abdomen. After eating, the patient attaches an external connector and tubing to the port, opens the port valve, […]

Covidien Radial Reload with Tristaple Technology

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.

neoClose Review

neoClose was designed by neoSurgical to aid in closure of fascia at laparoscopic trocar sites. The kit consists of an AccuGuide™ and two preloaded suture passers.