ORANGE, Conn., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- SurgiQuest, Inc. today announced
the first single port laparoscopic removal of an ovary using the
AirSeal(TM) access system.
Drs. Anthony Discuillo and Christopher Awtry performed the procedure at
Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA. 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,
enabling surgeons to place a telescope, all operative instruments and large
specimen sac through a single 12mm port.
"The AirSeal Access System represented a significant improvement in
operative management of patients with adnexal masses, which traditionally
requires three separate ports for completion," said Dr. Awtry, Instructor
of Gynecological Oncology at Harvard Medical School. "The five centimeter
mass was worrisome for malignancy. After it was removed from the pelvic
sidewall, we were able to place it in a sac and remove it without
Dr. Discuillo, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at
Harvard School of Medicine added, "The successful completion of our case
represents a paradigm shift in the way we will perform major gynecologic
procedures in the future. This is truly a revolutionary technology that
allows us to perform complex operations with only one small abdominal
incision in the belly button."
"Gynecology represents an important and large segment of the minimally
invasive marketplace," said Kurt Azarbarzin, Founder and CEO of SurgiQuest.
"The first clinical experience with the AirSeal access system in this
specialty is an important milestone for SurgiQuest. We are pleased Drs.
Discuillo and Awtry were able to take advantage of the AirSeal system to
perform this operation safely and effectively while eliminating the risks
and additional patient care associated with two additional trocars."
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, Inc. is a private venture-backed company, founded in May
2006. It develops, manufactures, and markets access technology for
minimally invasive surgery.
Timothy J. Nolan
Vice President, Marketing and Sales
SOURCE SurgiQuest, Inc.