Surgical Synergy is set to radically simplify keyhole surgery, having designed and patented a disposable, multifunctional endoscopic surgical system for multiple surgical disciplines. This new innovation is likely to reduce operation time by providing surgeons with a swifter interchange of operating tools from a 6-tool cassette. More importantly, each portal provides a micro camera and light, giving all round vision, and gives a close-up view of the operating site as it moves with the instrument tip. This will make the operations safer, more accurate and will reduce the number of incisions and pain so enhancing patient recovery.
The Medusascope was conceived and designed by Dr Martin Knight, a pioneering Endoscopic spine surgeon who has already developed an endoscope for the niche spine market, which listed on AIM.
The lightweight disposable Medusascope provides all round visibility through the micro camera and LED lighting attachment on each instrument. The multi-cassette allows up to 6 instruments to be changed simply and quickly reducing operation times. Dual incision surgery maybe possible in simpler cases rather than the current 3 - 5 portals now commonly used.
Funding of £498k was secured to develop a basic working prototype and surgeon testing is now underway to identify design and performance improvements.
The Endoscopic market is estimated to be $32.5bn (2015), and is forecast to grow to $45.2bn by 2020. $4.5bn directly accessible to this product and adoption of minimally invasive procedures is forecast to accelerate.
The current funding round is to support the refinement of the prototype to ensure it really meets surgeon expectation and needs – but then to accreditation and commercialisation.
Progression from now through to manufacture- readiness is forecast to take 18 months.. Future developments now at design stage include a flexible articulating version, unlike anything the company believes is currently on the market, and a small bore version with the same capabilities, but capable of working in constrained spaces.
Market expectations for products with both medical and economic benefits are strong.
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