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In Brief: General Surgical Innovations

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

General Surgical Innovations: Firm gains 510(k) clearance for combination balloon-dissector/tissue-expander instrument for use in plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures. The device combines the firm's proprietary balloon dissector technology with "a traditional tissue expander" to allow "faster and easier tissue expansion procedures," the firm claims. Separately, the Cupertino, California firm reports its Endosaph minimally invasive saphenous vein harvesting system for coronary bypass surgery was used successfully in its first commercial application at the Franciscan Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Endosaph was launched last month at the American College of Surgeons meeting in Chicago ("The Gray Sheet" Oct. 20, In Brief)...



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