ORANGE, Conn., April 4, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- SurgiQuest, Inc. today
announced the first true single port laparoscopic procedure utilizing the
AirSeal(TM) access system.
At Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, Dr. David Earle, Director
of Minimally Invasive Surgery, performed a gallbladder removal procedure
through a single 12mm access port in the umbilicus (belly button). The
AirSeal system creates an invisible barrier that does not rely on gaskets
or seals. This provides unobstructed access to the cavity without loosing
intra-abdominal pressure and enabled Dr .Earle to simultaneously utilize up
to three instruments through a single 12mm port.
"As we move toward performing surgical procedures in a less invasive
way, maintenance of patient safety is our primary concern," said Dr. Earle.
"Use of the AirSeal access system allowed me to use multiple standard
instruments through a single lumen port, reducing the number of incisions
we had to make from four to one. Due to its unique ability to maintain a
seal with no mechanical barrier, many obstacles to standard laparoscopy
were overcome. This type of platform technology will not only change the
way we think about minimally invasive surgery, it will change the way we do
"This first clinical experience with the AirSeal access system is an
important milestone for SurgiQuest," said Kurt Azarbarzin, Founder and CEO
of SurgiQuest. "We are pleased with the positive feedback and interest from
surgeons worldwide who see the AirSeal system as a very effective solution
to many of the challenges they face in advancing the field of minimally
About the AirSeal(TM) access system:
The AirSeal(TM) access system presents a significant technological
shift in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). By eliminating seals and gaskets
from access ports, the AirSeal system provides unobstructed access to the
abdominal cavity without loosing intra-abdominal pressure. This
unencumbered approach to MIS is enabling both new procedure development and
new instrument platforms.
SurgiQuest's technologies for single port, endoluminal, and N.O.T.E.S.
surgeries will be the topic of several presentations at the Society of
Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) in Philadelphia April 8-12.
SurgiQuest, Inc. is a private venture-backed company, founded in May
2006. It develops, manufactures, and markets access technology for
minimally invasive surgery.
Contact: Timothy Nolan
Vice President Marketing and Sales
SOURCE SurgiQuest, Inc.