KARL STORZ Announces Major Grant to Help Fund Increased Research Activities by GI Societies.
Funds Will Support Development of Promising Natural Orifice orifice /or·i·fice/ (or´i-fis)
1. the entrance or outlet of any body cavity.
2. any opening or meatus.orific´ial
aortic orifice Translumenal Endoscopic en·do·scope
An instrument for examining visually the interior of a bodily canal or a hollow organ such as the colon, bladder, or stomach.
en Surgery (NOTES)
CULVER CITY, Calif. -- KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., a global leader in endoscopy endoscopy
Examination of the body's interior through an instrument inserted into a natural opening or an incision, usually as an outpatient procedure. Endoscopes include the upper gastrointestinal endoscope (for the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum), the colonoscope (for the products and solutions for operating room operating room
n. Abbr. OR
A room equipped for performing surgical operations. integration, announced that it is providing a $250,000 grant to support research programs of the Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research[TM] (NOSCAR NOSCAR National Organization for (Putting) Surface Care and Repair
NOSCAR Natural Orifice Consortium for Assessment and Research (gastroenterology, endoscopic surgery) [TM]). NOSCAR[TM] represents a joint effort of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, or ASGE, is a professional organization of physicians dedicated to improving endoscopy. The ASGE is made up largely of gastroenterologists from the United States. (ASGE ASGE American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (Oak Brook, IL)
ASGE Associate of Science in General Education ) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Its purpose is to promote Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery[TM], or NOTES[TM], which offers promise as a significant advance in minimally invasive surgery minimally invasive surgery Laparoscopic surgery, see there. See Laparoscopic cholecystectomy. .
"By supporting NOTES research, we are continuing a legacy at KARL STORZ in partnering with thought leaders in our joint quest to develop new and innovative techniques for minimally invasive treatments," says Ali Amiri, Vice President, Marketing and Product Development, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. "We are excited about the possible benefits that NOTES may bring to patients and convinced that the NOSCAR research will contribute to safe adoption of this new technique in the future."
NOTES[TM] is an emerging transdisciplinary endoscopic therapy currently being studied that enables surgeons to perform a range of complex procedures in a minimally invasive fashion and leaving virtually no external scars. The $250,000 grant from KARL STORZ will support fundamental research in the further development of NOTES[TM] techniques.
David W. Rattner, MD, SAGES past president, expressed appreciation. "Our thanks to KARL STORZ Endoscopy for its support of NOTES research; without these types of grants, the necessary research to further NOTES would not be possible."
"NOTES is moving forward more rapidly than initially anticipated," said Robert H. Hawes, MD, ASGE past president. "Three years ago, we never anticipated the progress in the research arena that has been made in such a short period." Drs. Rattner and Hawes co-chair the NOSCAR Joint Committee.
Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery[TM] (NOTES[TM]) might represent the next major advancement in minimally invasive therapy. To address this emerging technology, a working group consisting of expert laparoscopic Laparoscopic
A minimally-invasive surgical or diagnostic procedure that uses a flexible endoscope (laparoscope) to view and operate on structures in the abdomen.
Mentioned in: Obstetrical Emergencies surgeons from SAGES and a group of expert interventional endoscopists representing ASGE have joined together as the Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research[TM] (NOSCAR[TM]) Working Group on NOTES[TM].
The growing capabilities of therapeutic flexible endoscopy have ushered in a new era in treatment of gastrointestinal conditions. Refinements in laparoscopic surgery laparoscopic surgery: see endoscope. have progressed to the point that complex surgical procedures, such as gastric bypass, can now be performed in a minimally invasive fashion. These trends have set the stage for the development of even less invasive methods to treat conditions in both the gut lumen and in the peritoneal cavity. It seems feasible that major intraperitoneal surgery may one day be performed without skin incisions.
The NOSCAR Working Group identified a number of baseline issues in July 2005. For NOTES[TM] to mature into a viable technology, both procedure and device research and development must continue. At this stage, NOTES[TM] must be performed by a team that has the skills of an advanced therapeutic endoscopist endoscopist A health professional who performs endoscopic procedures. See Nurse endoscopist. and a laparoscopic surgeon who in many instances will bring unique but complementary skills. These issues must be understood prior to the safe introduction of NOTES[TM] and are best addressed in laboratory settings. Having supportive laboratory data is an essential step prior to approval from regulatory agencies like the FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration
n.pr See Food and Drug Administration.
n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. or Institutional Review Board for performing initial NOTES[TM]. The most important areas for initial study are safe peritoneal peritoneal /peri·to·ne·al/ (per?i-to-ne´al) pertaining to the peritoneum.
pertaining to the peritoneum. access and secure gastric closure, intraperitoneal contamination, image display and maintenance of spatial orientation, development of stable working platforms, physiologic perturbations, and tissue approximation methods (suturing and others).
About the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), founded in 1941, is the preeminent professional organization dedicated to advancing the practice of endoscopy. ASGE, with more than 10,000 members worldwide, promotes the highest standards for endoscopic training and practice, fosters endoscopic research, recognizes distinguished contributions to endoscopy, and is the foremost resource for endoscopic education. Visit www.asge.org; www.askasge.org; and www.screen4coloncancer.org for more information.
About the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) was founded in 1981 to foster, promote, support and encourage academic, clinical and research achievement in gastrointestinal endoscopic surgery. Our members are general and colorectal surgeons who perform endoscopy and laparoscopy laparoscopy
Procedure for inspecting the abdominal cavity using a laparoscope; also surgery requiring use of a laparoscope. Laparoscopes use fibre-optic lights and small video cameras to show tissues and organs on a monitor. as part of their practice as well as surgical resident, fellows, and other allied health personnel. The Society has grown from fewer than 50 original members to more than 5,500 from every state and over 80 countries. Visit www.sages.org for more information.
About KARL STORZ
KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. is an affiliate of KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG, an international leader for over 60 years in reusable endoscope endoscope, any instrument used to look inside the body. Usually consisting of a fiber-optic tube attached to a viewing device, endoscopes are used to explore and biopsy such areas as the colon and the bronchi of the lungs. technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, KARL STORZ GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. For more information, call (800) 421-0837 or visit the company's Web site at www.karlstorz.com.
NOTES, NOSCAR, Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery and Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research are registered trademarks of ASGE and SAGES.