Medtronic is releasing a new advanced surgical stapler, the Signia Stapling System, which sports sensors that detect the tissue being worked and adjust its speed to produce optimal staple lines.
The company’s Adaptive Firing technology measures how much force it takes a staple to penetrate through tissue, controlling in real-time the speed of the stapler. The tissue sensing data and status of the stapler, including the battery charge, is displayed on a color screen at the back of the device.
The device is completely powered, including its rotation, articulation, and opening and closing of the jaw.
“In my experience to date, I believe the articulation, rotation and firing of the Signia system provides an important new option in the performance of minimally invasive surgical procedures,” in statement said Dana Portenier, M.D., FACS, co-program director, Duke Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Fellowship division chief, Duke Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery Duke Regional Hospital, chairman of surgery. “Its ability to provide the surgeon with helpful data and real-time response has the potential to contribute to more informed surgical decision-making.”
Here’s an animation showing off the features and capabilities of the Signia Stapling System: