New VirtuoSaph Plus Vessel Harvester for Bypass Grafts

New VirtuoSaph Plus Vessel Harvester for Bypass Grafts

The VirtuoSaph® Plus Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System delivers all of that with a new standard of care. It integrates key design functions with Terumo’s EVH knowledge and experience. All contribute to successful endoscopic vessel harvesting of the saphenous vein for coronary and peripheral artery bypass grafting. Details are in the brochure.

Supporting Research

Endoscopic vein harvesting is the standard of care in coronary artery bypass grafting but clinical studies describing the issues involved and comparing harvesting systems have been lacking until recently.

Read supporting research in these abstracts:

Rojas-Pena et al. Quantification of Thermal Spread and Burst Pressure After Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting (EVH): A Comparison of Two Commercially Available Devices. J. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011; 142: 203-208. Click here for a complimentary reprint.

Brown et al. Strategies to reduce intraluminal clot formation in endoscopically harvested saphenous veins. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007;134:1259-1265.

Burris et al. Incidence of residual clot strands in saphenous vein grafts after endoscopic harvest. Innovations: Technology & Techniques in Cardiothorac & Vasc Surg 2006;1(6):323-327.

Burris et al. Catheter-based infrared light scanner as a tool to assess conduit quality in coronary artery bypass surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2007;133:419-427.

Chiu et al. Reduction of carbon dioxide embolism for endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting. Ann Thorac Surg 2006;81:1697-1699.

Lin et al. Carbon dioxide embolism during endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting in coronary artery bypass surgery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2003;126:2011-2015.

In the good old days, babushkas going for a CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) would expect to wake up with a big scar along the entire length of a thigh (or both). You see, deep veins of the thigh are harvested and used as grafts to bypass the cholesterol plug inside the coronary artery, and to supply the heart with blood (the “bypass” that everyone is talking about is a piece of the vein shunting blood from aorta to coronary artery, past the plug). The problem of the good old days was that big long scars would not heal, would get infected or would give much-too-much pain (“no pain, no gain” days).

Now things have changed. In today’s turbulent times, small incision is done, endoscopic camera is inserted and veins are harvested with the help of the endoscope, from the insides of the thigh. Here is a new system from Terumo Cardiovascular Systems, which has been announced yesterday:

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation has introduced the VirtuoSaph™ Endoscopic Vein Harvesting (EVH) System for use in coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The system is designed to enhance the precision and performance of clinicians interested in introducing this endoscopic procedure at their institutions. The new minimally invasive device provides an endoscopic approach to saphenous vein harvesting in which one small leg incision minimizes scarring, morbidity and infection associated with traditional longitudinal incisions.

Terumo Continues the Advancement of the Minimally Invasive Technique for Coronary and Peripheral Artery Bypass Grafting.

Terumo Cardiovascular Systems has announced the introduction of the VirtuoSaph(R) Plus Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System following clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The VirtuoSaph Plus system provides an endoscopic approach to vessel harvesting, and is used for coronary artery and peripheral artery bypass graft procedures. The system offers the cardiac surgery team a device that, when used in conjunction with the “Terumo Method” of vessel harvesting, consistently delivers bypass grafts with a new standard of care. (PRNewsFoto/Terumo Cardiovascular Systems)

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Terumo Cardiovascular Systems has announced the introduction of the VirtuoSaph® Plus Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System following clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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The VirtuoSaph Plus system provides an endoscopic approach to vessel harvesting, and is used for coronary artery and peripheral artery bypass graft procedures. The system offers the cardiac surgery team a device that, when used in conjunction with the ‘Terumo Method’ of vessel harvesting, consistently delivers bypass grafts with a new standard of care. The Terumo Method, developed by Terumo’s team of engineers and dedicated Clinical Specialists, is a comprehensive set of guidelines designed to aid vessel harvesters in their pursuit of consistently high conduit quality.

Proven features retained from the original VirtuoSaph system include a completely integrated design, open CO2 insufflation and one step sealing and cutting capabilities. Key new features of the VirtuoSaph Plus system include:

Improved recyclable packaging features tray-in-tray design, offering easy access to the sterile tray and an ergonomic grip for better circulation of device

Patented PTFE dissector rod, designed to reduce the force required to create a tunnel and now with extended working length, allowing dissection of longer vessels

Precise control of spot cautery, with a safety switch available when needed

First of its kind integrated bipolar cord, minimizing the number of connections and improving electrical conductivity

Unique endoscope wiper now available on an all access 360 degree ring switch

“We find that use of the VirtuoSaph Plus system has given us an enhanced feeling of control. The longer PTFE dissector rod requires the use of less force and has reduced resistance during dissection. We also value the time that Terumo’s Clinical Specialists devoted to us and our CVOR team as we learned about the capabilities of this impressive new product,” said Timothy McCoy, PA-C, at The Toledo Hospital. He added, “Since we began using the VirtuoSaph Plus system we feel more confident that our team is providing our patients with high quality conduits that offer the patency our patients require for a positive outcome.”

Michael Moront, MD, also at The Toledo Hospital, agrees, adding “The improved ergonomics and well-engineered new design of the VirtuoSaph Plus system will result in improved conduit quality and better outcomes for our patients.”

About Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation

Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corporation manufactures and markets medical devices for the global cardiac surgery market and is the U.S. distributor for Vascutek® Vascular Grafts. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with manufacturing operations in Ann Arbor; Elkton, Maryland; and Ashland, Massachusetts. It is one of several subsidiaries of Terumo Corporation of Japan which focus on cardiac and vascular specialties, including Terumo Heart, Inc., developer of a ventricular assist device and Vascutek, Ltd., manufacturer of a broad portfolio of vascular grafts. For more information, visit www.terumo-cvs.com.

About Terumo Corporation

Tokyo-based Terumo Corporation is one of the world’s leading medical device manufacturers with $4.9 billion in sales and operations in more than 160 nations. Founded in 1921, the company develops, manufactures, and distributes world-class medical devices including products for use in cardiothoracic surgery, interventional procedures, and transfusion medicine; the company also manufactures a broad array of syringe and hypodermic needle products for hospital and physician office use. Terumo contributes to society by providing valued products and services to the healthcare market and by responding to the needs of healthcare providers and the people they serve.

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