Covidien received FDA 510(k) clearance for its iDrive Ultra stapling system, which according to the company is the world’s first “fully powered, reusable, battery-operated endoscopic surgical stapler in the world.”
The iDrive Ultra features one handed operation, full articulation of the stapling tool, and help with dexterity since the surgeon doesn’t have to power squeeze the trigger to apply the staples.
More from the press release:
The iDrive Ultra system is the second offering in Covidien’s line of powered stapling devices and the first that is compatible with the Company’s entire portfolio of Endo GIA™ reloads with Tri-Staple™ technology for use in laparoscopic and open surgical procedures. The iDrive Ultra system combines the precision and control of a powered device with proprietary Tri-Staple technology that provides less stress on tissue during compression and clamping, potentially greater perfusion into the staple line and the ability to manage tissue variability.