Boston Scientific launches less-invasive visualization system for
cardiac surgical ablation
29 Sept 2006
Natick, Mass., USA. Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX) has launched
in the US its FLEXView System for unilateral visualization and routing in
microwave cardiac surgical ablation procedures. The technology was launched
by Boston Scientific's Cardiac Surgery business, formerly part of Guidant,
which the Company acquired in April this year.
Microwave surgical ablation can be performed in combination with valve or
coronary artery bypass surgeries or in minimally invasive, stand-alone
procedures. The new FLEXView System enables physicians to perform
stand-alone ablation procedures in a closed chest environment with direct
visualization of the procedure at all times. Furthermore, the FLEXView
System allows surgeons to perform a one-sided (unilateral) ablation
procedure, thereby decreasing the invasiveness of the current procedure.
"With the launch of the FLEXView System, Boston Scientific has delivered
a new generation of minimally invasive surgical technology," said Lisa
Earnhardt, President of Boston Scientific's Cardiac Surgery business.
"Patients should experience less pain, a faster recovery and fewer days in
the hospital as a result of the innovative FLEXView System. We are pleased
to be the first to offer physicians and patients the benefits of a
streamlined, unilateral approach for this procedure."
"This truly less-invasive approach will help expand the referral basis
and enable physicians to reach out to a greater percentage of the population
who would benefit from this therapy," said Li Poa, M.D., Enloe Medical
Center, Chico, CA. "The FLEXView System responds to technical challenges
experienced by many surgeons."
"The future of cardiac surgical ablation will rest with minimally
invasive approaches," commented Adam Saltman, M.D., Maimonides Medical
Center, Brooklyn, NY. "The FLEXView System greatly simplifies the endoscopic
approach and will encourage a much broader adoption of the procedure. It is
a significant step forward."