Life Care Medical Devices (NY, NY) won European regulatory clearance for its KeyHole Cup device that helps to prevent organ damage during initial entry into the abdominal cavity in preparation for laparoscopic procedures. The cup, using negative pressure, lifts the abdominal wall up and away from the internal organs below, allowing for safer needle delivery just into the cavity.
The device looks and acts similar to the LapCap, developed by Aragon Surgical, a company later purchased by Aesculap. The LapCap, though, seems to have disappeared into history.
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KeyHole Cup is a sterile, single use device, with features designed to discourage re-sterilization and re-use. The KeyHole Cup is a provisional patent filed design incorporating a molded plastic dome, with a port for attachment of the suction system and an injection port for the insertion of surgical equipment, such as the Veress needle. The device is placed in the center of the abdomen, a suction hose is attached to the suction port, and negative pressure is applied. The abdomen immediately rises, and as the inert gas is delivered, the Veress needle is inserted into the created space with no risk of injuring a vital organ. Inert gas is delivered to replace the negative pressure and the surgery can commence.
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