The Irish Medical & Surgical Trade association (IMSTA) Annual Awards Ceremony took place on Thursday 3rd October. Fannin were proud winners of the IMSTA 2016 Most Innovative Product Award for our Espiner Morcellation Containment System. This was an exciting opportunity for us to share information on our innovative Fannin manufactured morcellation system, for containing gynaecological power morcellation procedures.
Laparoscopic power morcellators are medical devices used during different types of laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgeries. These can include certain procedures to treat uterine fibroids, such as removing the uterus (hysterectomy) or removing the uterine fibroids (myomectomy). Morcellation refers to the division of tissue into smaller pieces or fragments and is often used during laparoscopic surgeries to facilitate the removal of tissue through small incision sites.
When used for hysterectomy or myomectomy in women with uterine fibroids, laparoscopic power morcellation poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.
In order to mitigate this risk, we have designed a sac with a secondary port. This allows the surgeon capture the tissue and safely morcellate within the sac under direct visualisation (using the secondary port for a camera). As the tissue is contained during the process, this minimises the risk of contamination from excised tissue. Post procedure, the sac and contents are extracted from the body and the surgeon is able to sew the incision without having to go in to ‘clean up’. This in turn leads to excellent patient outcomes detailed below.
• Reduce disseminated malignancy rates
• Insufflated sac creates chamber isolating tissue for morcellation
• Prevent bowel injury
• Reduce risk of endometriosis and peritoneal myomatosis
• Better patient experience and reduced stay in hospital
• Improved clinician confidence
• Reduction in time in theatre