FDA approve battery-powered endoscopic surgical stapler

Published date : 30 August 2012
Article date : 30 August 2012

Mass Device has reported on Covidien receiving clearance for its iDrive Ultra Powered surgical stapling system, which the company has called the only fully powered, battery operated and reusable endoscopic stapler available worldwide. According to the company's press release, the device is the 2nd in Covidien's line of powered stapling products and the 1st to fit all of the device maker's Endo GIA staple reloads.

The device features one-handed operation and improve maneuverability and is designed for multi-patient use. Covidien plans to begin selling the device in the US towards the end of the year.

The article goes on to describe how last week Covidien discontinued certain Duet TRS single-use surgical stapling systems following reports of patients deaths and injuries. According to a press release, the company cut the Duet TRS Universal Straight and Articulating Single-Use Loading Units following a single report linking the tissue reinforcement devices to a post-operative injury.

Source: Mass Device, 28th August 2012

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