ProPep Surgical, a company out of Austin, Texas, received FDA clearance for its ProPep Nerve Monitoring System for locating nerves during robotic-assisted surgeries with the da Vinci technology.
The system, which was cleared in Europe back in April, sends electrical signals into soft tissue via da Vinci’s instruments and in real time analyzes the results, allowing the surgeon to quickly find and avoid damage to nerves.
Pep Monitor – generates the specific electrical signal used to stimulate the tissue of interest, and records, analyzes and displays the tissues response to that signal which enables a surgeon to distinguish between nerve containing versus non-nerve containing tissue.
Pep Control Switch – enables the surgeon to switch the robotic bipolar instrument from bipolar / cautery mode to Pep stimulation mode and back. (The electrical stimulation signal generated by the Pep Monitor is delivered through the surgeon’s robotic bipolar surgical instrument thus eliminating the need to introduce a separate stimulation probe into the surgical field.)
Pep Electrode Kit – a single use, disposable, containing the Pep Electrode and the Pep Electrode Introducer. The Pep Electrode is connected to the Pep Monitor and introduced into the surgical field via the Pep Electrode Introducer. Once in the surgical field, the Pep Electrode is placed in the tissue of interest to receive the electrical signals generated as a result of Pep stimulation.