Medtronic Inc. came out with its latest version of the Octopus®, a popular device designed to stabilise coronary artery during the distal anastomosis in the off-pump coronary artery bypass procedures.
The Octopus Evolution tissue stabilizer is used in beating-heart surgery, with suction pods holding the surface tissue of the heart stable while the surgeon attaches a transplanted vessel around blockages in the coronary arteries. This latest stabilizer provides a new range of options to help the surgeon easily position the device on any target area of the heart surface, stabilize the suture site to a degree unattainable before, and then work with unimpeded view as the bypass is sutured in place…
The Octopus Evolution provides a key technology to allow “off-pump” or “OPCAB” surgery on the beating heart. Off-pump surgery has become an attractive alternative to the traditional heart-lung machine, which is used to pump and oxygenate the patient’s blood if the heart must be stopped for repairs.
The Octopus Evolution device represents a decade of Medtronic product innovation, achieving new levels of flexibility, stability and ease of use with several key product enhancements including:
The arm supporting the suction pods provides a greater degree of stability, flexibility, range of motion for ease of positioning, and longer effective reach to targeted vessels.
Combining the articulating head link that provides a new range of motion unseen in past devices with the patented Octopus suction pods, which allows the head to be positioned with the pods pointing up, down, or to the side.
The device’s head link designed with a lower profile and surgeon-controlled pod spread, which aids in providing the appropriate visualization of the target area.
An enhanced device clamp and turret assembly that have made the device much easier to set up on any location on the sternal retractor.