Cutting-Edge Microlobectomy Research Using Dextera’s MicroCutter Device Presented at the 2016 EACTS Annual Conference
- Posted by Dextera MIS
- On October 4, 2021
October 4, 2021 – Dextera Surgical Inc today announced the presentation of research featuring the company’s surgical stapling technology for video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) in lung surgery. Joel Dunning, M.D., of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK, presented the results of the study at the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS).
The study, titled Microlobectomy, a Novel Form of VATS Lobectomy, focused on the early experience of the microlobectomy technique. Data included 72 patients who received microlobectomy from leading thoracic surgeons at six hospitals around the world including Shanda Blackmon (Mayo Clinic), Bill Walker (Royal Infirmary Edinburgh), Rene Petersen and Henrik Hansen (Rigshospitalet Copenhagen), and others, to investigate the potential of this novel technique to reduce the pain and invasiveness experienced by patients.
Microlobectomy is similar to current VATS techniques, but uses only 5mm incisions between the ribs instead of 12mm incisions, and a small incision below the ribs. A majority of the procedures in the study were enabled by the MicroCutter 5/80, which is roughly the width of a pencil and offers up to 80 degrees of articulation – making it easier for surgeons to perform this innovative technique.
The early results of this ongoing international evaluation of microlobectomy have demonstrated significant benefits for patients, with 22 percent going home after one day, and more than 40 percent going home on day two, and a short learning curve for surgeons.
“Microlobectomy offers important benefits for patients. Because the smaller incisions cause less trauma, especially to the sensitive nerves in the ribcage, patients experience less pain – which can lead to accelerated recovery times and shorter hospital stays,” said Dr. Dunning. “As a key breakthrough that facilitates this procedure, the MicroCutter represents a significant innovation for thoracic surgery.”