OMER, Israel, June 10, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medigus Ltd. (Nasdaq:MDGS) (TASE:MDGS), a medical device company developing minimally invasive endosurgical tools and a leader in direct visualization technology, announced that the first ever live Medigus Ultrasonic Surgical Endostapler (MUSE) procedure in the Unites States was performed by leading gastroenterologists, Drs. Glen Lehman and William Kessler, at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, NY in late March. Dr. Stavros Stavropoulos, Chief of Endoscopy and Director, Program in Advanced GI Endoscopy (PAGE), Winthrop-University Hospital, who performed the first MUSE procedure at Winthrop this past January, moderated the procedure for an audience of medical colleagues and students at the 7th Annual Long Island Live Endoscopy Course. The MUSE system is used for an incisionless procedure for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is leading the transition to more patient-friendly procedures for the long-term treatment of this prevalent disorder.
Dr. Lehman, Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Indiana University Medical Center, and Dr. Kessler, Associate Professor of Medicine at Indiana University Medical Center, have considerable experience treating many digestive disorders through flexible endoscopic surgery.
"It was an honor to be included in Winthrop-University Hospital's educational curriculum to highlight this innovative new procedure for the treatment of GERD, a condition that affects millions of Americans every year," said Dr. Kessler. "Traditional treatment options are either symptom management or invasive surgical procedures to address a dysfunctional lower esophageal sphincter. MUSE, however, addresses the root cause of the disorder, without incisions, to deliver a long-term solution for those suffering from persistent symptoms."
The MUSE system is an intuitive device that integrates recent breakthroughs in visualization, ultrasound and surgical stapling capabilities, into a single platform, making it easy for a single physician to perform fundoplication (stapling of the upper part of the stomach, or fundus, to the lower esophageal sphincter) for the treatment of GERD. MUSE has the potential to improve GERD-related quality of life for many patients by addressing the root cause of the disorder, not just offer symptom relief, which is often in contrast to many drug therapies.
"As a recognized leader in GI care, Winthrop-University Hospital seeks to offer our patients advanced treatment technologies. I performed the first MUSE procedure at Winthrop earlier this year, and am now pleased to be part of the first live procedure to help educate the GI community on the benefits of MUSE over existing therapies for the treatment of GERD," said Dr. Stravropoulos. "Drs. Lehman and Kessler demonstrated the ease with which this procedure can be performed and we expect more and more GI specialists will adopt this new technique."
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter spontaneously opens or does not properly close after use, thereby allowing for stomach contents to rise into the esophagus, causing heartburn, irritation and potentially other discomforts. It affects approximately 24M Americans each year; 14.5M adults experience GERD symptoms at least twice a week, and 2.4M adults experience severe symptoms. While some patients can attain symptom relief through the use of proton pump inhibiters, or PPIs, (acid reducing medications), there is, however, growing concern around the prolonged chronic use of PPIs, including increased risk of bone fracture, infectious complications, and interference with anti-platelet medication and the adsorption of essential vitamins and minerals. A persistent state of untreatable GERD could potentially lead to Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous state which can lead to esophageal cancer. Patients who suffer from daily GERD are more likely to develop esophageal cancer.
The MUSE system is a leading technology in Natural Orifice Endoscopic Surgery procedures. The single operator system performs anterior partial fundoplication with standard surgical staples in a less invasive way, compared to other surgical procedures. Its intuitive endosurgical platform consists of a single use flexible surgical endostapler, equipped with a proprietary miniature camera, an ultrasonic sight and a range finder. The endostapler, which resembles an endoscope, is designed to be operated by a single user, includes a handle with controls, an 80cm flexible shaft, a 5cm rigid section holding a cartridge with 5 standard 4.8mm titanium surgical staples, a ratchet controlled one-way articulating section, and a distal tip. The MUSE system is FDA cleared and CE marked for the treatment of GERD.
Medigus is a medical device company specializing in developing minimally invasive endosurgical tools and highly innovative imaging solutions. Medigus is a pioneer developer of a unique proprietary endoscopic device, the MUSETM system, to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), one of the most common chronic diseases in the western world. As an expert in micro-endoscopic devices, Medigus has developed a range of micro CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) and CCD (charge-coupled device) video cameras, including micro ScoutCamTM 1.2, which the company believes is the smallest in the world. These innovative cameras are suitable for both medical and industrial applications. The MUSE system incorporates Medigus' revolutionary micro ScoutCam technology. Based on its proprietary technologies, Medigus designs and manufactures endoscopy and micro camera systems for partner companies, including major players in the medical and industrial fields. The company is committed to providing integrated solutions to meet all of its customer's imaging needs. Medigus is traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market and the TASE (Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange). To learn more about the company's advanced technology, please visit www.medigus.com or www.microscoutcam.com.
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