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neoSurgical signs European agreement for neoClose device

neoClose delivers two absorbable AutoAnchor into the abdominal wall, both consisting of a suture and an anchor, the sutures are knotted at the end of a procedure, facilitating approximation of the incision

neoSurgical has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with a global partner for the commercialisation of neoClose laparoscopic port closure device within Europe.  The partner is a world leader in laparoscopic surgery with an extensive product portfolio available worldwide.  This agreement anticipates initial product launch in Europe in May 2017.

neoClose delivers two absorbable AutoAnchor into the abdominal wall, both consisting of a suture and an anchor. The sutures are knotted at the end of a procedure, facilitating approximation of the incision (Figure 1).

Figure 1: neoClose Overview (Credit: neoSurgical)

neoClose’ method of approximation (Vector X) is associated with reduced tension at wound sites compared to more traditional methods of closed loop approximation (Figure 2). According to the company, closed loop approximation in the lower abdomen is associated with a 5% risk of clinically significant pain due to nerve injury. neoClose has the potential to lower this risk, due to reduced tension.

Figure 2: Less Stress with neoClose means potential to reduce complications from port site closure following lap surgery. Sources - 1. Shin JH, Howard FM. Abdominal wall nerve injury during laparoscopic gynecologic surgery: incidence, risk factors, and treatment outcomes. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2012 Aug;19(4):448–53. 2. Nawaz Z, Bentley G. Surgical incisions and principles of wound healing. Basic Ski. 2011 Feb;29(2):59–62. 3. Greenberg JA, Clark RM. Advances in suture material for obstetric and gynecologic surgery. Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2009;2(3):146–58. 4. Independent Study completed by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Data on file at neoSurgical. (Credit: neoSurgical)

The company believes that minimising wound tension contributes to a suitable environment for optimal wound healing, as over-tightened sutures can lead to tissue necrosis and excessive tissue overlap, which results in reduced tensile strength in the healed tissue.

neoClose has been report to result in an approximation of the tissue with up to 75% less tension than conventional closure methods which utilize a closed loop closure method that has been associated with clinically significant pain due to nerve injury (Shin & Howard, 2012) and hernia rates as high as 39% (Scozzari et al., 2014).  neoClose can help lower these risks due to its unique reduced tension closure.

"This agreement is an important milestone for our company and our pursuit of advancing surgical wound healing,” said Ronan Keating, neoSurgical's CTO. “The quality of our European partner, their longstanding dedication to patient wellbeing, and their ambitions for the products in the marketplace are a testament to the efficacy and benefit of neoClose."

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