CardioVations Announces Next in Line of Innovative Heart Stabilization Systems; Device Gives Surgeons Precision and Control during Heart Bypass Surgery.SOMERVILLE, N.J., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- CardioVations, a division of ETHICON, announced today the latest advancement to their line of heart stabilization systems. The EMBRACE* Heart Stabilizer stabilizes desired areas of the heart, which in turn, creates a relatively stationary coronary artery during beating heart or "off-pump" coronary bypass (OPCAB OPCAB Off-pump coronary artery bypass Interventional cardiology
A type of minimally invasive cardiac surgery in which cardiopulmonary bypass is eliminated and the heart continues to beat while the surgery is being performed as with MIDCAB, but in which a full ) surgery and gives cardiac surgeons confidence for the most demanding procedures. The device uses stabilization "feet" to hold in place the epicardium epicardium /epi·car·di·um/ (-kahr´de-um) the visceral pericardium.
n. pl. parallel to the coronary artery in place, allowing them to bypass the blocked artery without resorting to the traditional method of stopping the heart and employing the heart/lung machine.
This new device builds on the innovative standards set by the predecessor device, FLEXSITE* Heart Stabilizer. The new EMBRACE stabilizer provides surgeons extreme confidence for the most demanding off-pump coronary artery bypass Coronary artery bypass
Surgical procedure to reroute blood around a blocked coronary artery.
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n (OPCAB) procedures, with a 360-degree rotation and tilt for optimal visualization and access to lateral wall vessels. The malleable foot pods allow for custom contouring to the epicardial epicardial
pertaining to the visceral pericardium (epicardium) or to the epicardia.
receptors in the left ventricle adapted to respond to stretch and chemical stimulants. surface and the low-profile suction pods gently spread tissue at the anastomotic site. The redesigned low-profile stabilizer arm provides for quick, one-step stabilization and control with a unique activation lever. This simple, single-hand activation lever provides control to fine-tune adjustments and positioning.
"For patients undergoing coronary revascularization, off-pump surgery has been shown to be beneficial," stated Valavanur Subramanian, MD, Director, Department of Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY. "Devices such as the EMBRACE stabilizer allow for complete revascularization during an off-pump procedure and are valuable additions to the ongoing development of beating heart surgery beating heart surgery Cardiology Any cardiovascular procedure, often performed endoscopically, in which the heart is not stopped. See CABG. ."
It is estimated that the "off-pump" method of coronary bypass is used in 25% of all coronary bypass surgeries.(1) Allowing the patient's own lungs and heart to maintain circulation rather than artificial components has been shown to be beneficial to patients.
The surgeon should not position the stabilizer foot pods over a coronary artery, or over newly infarcted or aneurysmal heart tissue. Physicians should be adequately trained and have familiarity with less invasive cardiac surgical procedures. They should consult medical literature relative to techniques, complications, and hazards prior to performance of any cardiac surgical procedure. Many variables, including patient anatomy, pathology and surgical techniques may influence procedural outcomes. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with heart surgery using these devices. Risks associated with this procedure are typical of those associated with conventional coronary artery surgery.
CardioVations, a division of ETHICON, INC., a Johnson & Johnson Company, is a pioneer in cardiovascular surgery devices that reduce complications and improve outcomes for patients. CardioVations offers innovations in the areas of off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG CABG coronary artery bypass graft.
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CABG Coronary artery bypass graft, see there ), valve surgery, anastomotic devices and vessel management. Additional information on CardioVations can be found at http://www.cardiovations.com/.
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