The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) annual meeting took place on June 21 to June 26, 2009 in Grapevine Texas, and featured several major medical supply and equipment vendors from around the globe. Covidien was among them, a leading global provider of healthcare products, and showcased several innovative devices for minimally invasive surgery and soft tissue repair.
Covidien has been providing some of the most-commonly used surgical instruments to physicians around the United States for several years, and recently unveiled a set of devices that could improve the results of procedures such as lap band surgery and the effects of various lapaoroscopic instruments. These devices are designed to improve the effects of tissue manipulation, tissue recovery and may even reduce the effects of scarring and tissue damage that occurs from various types of treatments.
Some of the featured products included the:
LigaSure Advance – a multifunctional laparascopic instrument that allows the surgeon to control tissue fusion and monopolar dissection with their fingertips.
Valleylab Solid Lap Electrodes – an electrosurgical accessory that allows surgeons to customize their laparascopic procedures and reduce the risk of burns at the treatment site
Parietex ProGrip – a compound made with monofilament polyester and a resorbably polylactic acid gripping system that can be positioned and placed without sutures.
Force TriVerse – a single-use electrosurgical instrument that gives the surgeon more control when manipulating tissues, and features three different settings including the traditional coagulation mode.
ForceTriad – an energy platform that delivers tissue fusion through one software-driven unit. The software is updated remotely through the Internet, so it is always up-to-date.
Covidien’s booth also featured several other state-of-the-art devices and products including the Duet TRS Reload, the Kendall SCD Sequential Compression System, the Allergan LAP-BAND AP Adjustable Gastric Banding System, and the Versaport Plus Bladeless Trocars. Representatives at the show were able to demonstrate the products, answer questions about the devices, and share website information about each innovative device.