The Xtractor specimen retrieval device will be available to surgeons in Europe before the USA - since it is still awaiting a US Food and Drug Administration review.
The device, developed by Minogue Medical, of Montreal, Canada, has a pistol-grip fabricated from medical-grade polymers.
The retrieval pouch is constructed of a highly durable polyurethane plastic, and the device is deployed through the small laparoscopic trocar site.
According to Minogue Medical, it opens like an umbrella to allow surgeons to deposit tissues inside the bag.
The bag is then compressed into a cylindrical shape, allowing the surgeon to remove it easily, without the contents bunching up in the bottom. It has now won a European CE mark, the company said.
The device will eliminate costly operating-room time and surgeon's frustration.
Danny Minogue, President of Minogue Medical, said, "With the help of laparoscopic surgeons, we have designed a simple retrieval instrument that will expedite the removal of dissected tissues and will eliminate costly operating-room time, and frustration on the part of the surgeon."
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