SurgiQuest Announces First Procedure Using AirSeal(TM) Access System

Apr 04, 2008, 01:00 ET from SurgiQuest, Inc.

    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
 invasive surgery."
     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 SurgiQuest, Inc. 914-522-2620

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