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 […]
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 […]
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 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 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.