Covidien has launched its Endo GIA Radial Reload with Tri-Staple technology, a cutting and stapling device that will see use in low anterior resection (LAR) of the colon procedures.
According to Covidien, “Radial Reload allows surgeons to cut and securely staple colon tissue up to 2 cm deeper into the pelvis than Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc.’s Contour Curved Cutter Stapler during low anterior resection (LAR) procedures.”
From Covidien’s announcement:
“When performing LAR procedures, surgeons are faced with the challenge of completely resecting colorectal tumors or diseased tissue in the deep pelvis, while maintaining good visualization and appropriate distal margins with the ultimate goal of sphincter preservation and avoidance of an ostomy,” said David E. Rivadeneira, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery and Director of the Colon and Rectal Program at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and St. Charles Hospital. “In the cadaver study sponsored by Covidien, we demonstrated that the Radial Reload provides better access and visualization deep in the pelvis during open LAR, as compared to the Ethicon Contour® Curved Cutter Stapler.Deeper access into the lower pelvis can potentially help improve a surgeon’s ability to perform sphincter salvage procedures and avoid a colostomy bag, which improves a patient’s quality of life.”
The Radial Reload allows for an open or laparoscopic approach through a hand port or similar access device, and enables surgeons to operate with uncompromised access, visibility and maneuverability in the deep pelvis when performing LAR procedures. The Radial Reload incorporates Tri-Staple technology and its design benefits, such as less stress on tissue during compression and clamping, potentially greater perfusion into the staple line and the ability to manage tissue variability.