First Clinical Laparoscopic Procedure Using Teleflex’s Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System – Mar 16, 2015– Wayne, USA (Techreleased) –  Teleflex Incorporated, a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, has announced today that its new Percuvance Percutaneous Surgical System, which provides performance similar to larger tools commonly used in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries, was percutaneously inserted into a human for the first time in a procedure at Cleveland Clinic to evaluate the surgical tool.

teleflexThe Percuvance System has recently received FDA clearance and CE Mark approval and represents a significant advance in minimally invasive surgery (MIS). The basis of the system is a less than 3 mm diameter shaft that, when connected to an introducer tool tip, can be inserted percutaneously through the skin. The introducer tool tip can then be exchanged outside the body for a wide variety of 5 mm interchangeable surgical tool tips. The shaft is sufficiently strong to hold structures, and surgeons can use its interchangeable tool tips to grasp, cut and manipulate tissue.

In addition, procedures using the Percuvance System require fewer trocars and cause less trauma for the patient.

“The first human procedures with the Percuvance System are a major milestone in our strategy of developing platform technologies that will broaden Teleflex’s portfolio with novel products that provide clinical efficacy, enhance patients’ experiences and lower the overall cost of care,” says John Tushar, President and General Manager of Teleflex Surgical. “We believe our system has the potential to transform the standard of care from traditional laparoscopy to percutaneous surgery.”

Percutaneous Surgery: A simple stepping stone to even less invasive minimally invasive surgery (MIS)

The Company’s optimism is grounded in two facts:

1. Traditional laparoscopic surgery accounts for approximately 94 percent of all nonrobotic laparoscopic surgical procedures, and 2.9 million laparoscopic procedures are performed each year in the US.1

2. The transition to even less invasive MIS has been slowed by barriers to adoption. Percutaneous surgery eliminates these barriers.

According to surgeons interviewed during the product’s development, the Percuvance™ System has a short learning curve. It requires few adjustments to surgeons’ current techniques as well as much smaller incisions. Plus, the system does not have the costs associated with capital, service and fully disposable technologies.