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Medtronic launches GastriSail gastric positioning system

GastriSail system allows surgeons to consistently size and decompress the stomach pouch and test for leaks without removing and reinserting another device

Medtronic has announced the availability of the GastriSail gastric positioning system to help promote more consistent sleeve creation and greater procedural efficiency for surgeons performing a sleeve gastrectomy. Developed by the company’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group, the GastriSail system combines the benefits of three devices into one, allowing surgeons to consistently size and decompress the stomach pouch and test for leaks without removing and reinserting another device (thereby reducing the potential of irritating or injuring the oesophagus during the procedure). The GastriSail system received FDA approval in February 2015.

Amit Trivedi

"The GastriSail system provides enhanced visualisation and improved consistency allowing for streamlined, auto-placement in the stomach," said Dr Amit Trivedi, a bariatric surgeon at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ, and co-developer of the GastriSail system. "Using the GastriSail system enables a more consistent procedure and greater efficiency, which can potentially change the patient experience."

During a sleeve gastrectomy procedure, the GastriSail system can be used to help guide the surgeon's staple lines to ensure consistent shape of the stomach pouch from procedure to procedure. Once the surgeon positions the GastriSail system in the stomach, the system's unique LED lights illuminate through the stomach tissue allowing the surgeon to see a clear line delineating where the stomach should be dissected, stapled and divided.

"The GastriSail system is a first-of-its-kind in the bariatric industry, and demonstrates our continued commitment to fight obesity with specialized solutions that provide better patient outcomes and have the potential to increase adoption of this well-established procedure," said Chris Barry, senior vice president and president of the Surgical Innovations business, Minimally Invasive Therapies Group at Medtronic. "Working very closely with Dr Trivedi, we were able to develop the GastriSail system as a unique solution that promotes consistency of the sleeve, but also procedural efficiency."

The company is currently launching the GastriSail system in the US, Europe and the Middle East. The system will be available globally by the end of 2015. 

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