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Teleflex launches laparoscopic 2.9mm Percuvance System

Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System (Credit: Teleflex)
First US clinical LSG procedure with Percuvance System performed at the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

Teleflex has launched its second-generation Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System and that the first clinical laparoscopic procedures in the US using the system were performed at the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery. According to the company, this latest advance in percutaneous laparoscopy is more versatile and enables procedures to be even less invasive than its first-generation system while delivering the performance of 5mm laparoscopic devices commonly used in minimally invasive surgeries (MIS) with less trauma.

The initial sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and laparoscopic gastric band removal procedures were performed by Dr Dana D Portenier, Chief of General Surgery at Duke Regional Hospital and the Division Chief at the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery, and his team

“These are increasingly common but often challenging procedures,” said Dr Portenier. “Our experiences with the new system are consistent with other clinical studies, which showed that its handling and functionality were similar to standard 5 laparoscopic instrumentation. Further research will determine whether the system’s smaller incisions could potentially demonstrate improvements in patient pain, cosmesis, and satisfaction.”

The second-generation, 2.9mm Percuvance System features additional interchangeable 5mm tool tips and a new quick-connect system to facilitate fast and secure tool-tip changes outside of the body. The system has the performance and versatility for use in common and advanced general laparoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic cholecystectomy, upper gastrointestinal, gastric, bariatric, colorectal and hernia. It enables surgeons to eliminate one or more additional trocars from their laparoscopic procedures versus the first-generation device while delivering the outcomes and performance they expect from their traditional laparoscopic devices.

The first generation Percuvance System has been used by more than 150 surgeons in the US, Europe and the Middle East since Teleflex implemented a limited release of the first-generation system in March 2015. The second-generation Percuvance device has received FDA clearance and CE Mark approval. During the next month, a series of surgical procedures with the new Percuvance System will be conducted at other leading institutions in New York, Texas, Florida and California by surgeons with experience using the first-generation system.

“Our second-generation Percuvance System represents a significant advancement in the ongoing and perpetual evolution of minimally invasive surgery and is demonstrative of Teleflex’s unwavering commitment to innovation,” said John Tushar, President and General Manager of Teleflex Surgical. “We are encouraged by surgeons’ enthusiastic response to our percutaneous surgical devices and are optimistic the new Percuvance System will become a new standard of care in laparoscopic surgery.”

Teleflex is ramping up its sales and marketing efforts to familiarise surgeons worldwide with the unique performance capabilities and benefits of the 2.9mm Percuvance System.

“No matter what the surgery, patients generally prefer and are more satisfied with smaller incisions,” said Dr. Chan W Park, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine and a surgeon at the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery. “The development of new options for less invasive surgery that may also minimize discomfort for patients always represents a step forward in clinical care.”

The Percuvance System has a short learning curve and requires few adjustments to surgeons’ current techniques, and does not have the high costs associated with capital, service and fully disposable technologies, the company stated.

The Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System is a range of instruments used to perform laparoscopic procedures. It includes components that introduce a variety of instrument configurations into the abdominal cavity and requires a smaller incision site than traditional laparoscopic surgery. It offers reusable handles and seven disposable 5mm interchangeable tool tips, which include graspers, scissors, dissector, electrocautery tools, and a Weck Hem-o-lok Polymer Ligation Clip Applier. Unlike some other laparoscopic devices, the Percuvance System affords a percutaneous insertion into the patient without the use of an insertion trocar. The Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System with 5mm attachments is indicated for the means to penetrate soft tissue to access certain areas of the abdomen. The systems are used to grasp, manipulate, cut, cauterise, and deliver Hem-o-lok System ligating clips to soft tissue during laparoscopic surgery. 

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