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Instrumento quirúrgico para mejorar el cierre de laparotomía y prevenir la hernia incisional

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOES20170926001
Publicado:
06/10/2017
Caducidad:
06/10/2018
Resumen:
Una universidad española ha desarrollado un nuevo instrumento quirúrgico para ayudar a los cirujanos durante una laparotomía. Con una serie de adaptaciones especiales o innovaciones, esta tecnología es potencialmente útil en otras intervenciones quirúrgicas para medir fuerzas y distancias entre extremos dentro de una incisión quirúrgica. La universidad busca socios industriales con experiencia en el sector de dispositivos médicos para el desarrollo normativo y comercialización de la tecnología bajo acuerdos de licencia.

Details

Tittle:
Surgical device to improve laparotomy closure for incisional hernia prevention.
Summary:
A Spanish university has developed a new surgery device which is useful to assist surgeons during a laparotomy. Industrial partners with expertise in the sector of medical devices are sought for regulatory development and commercialization under a license agreement.
Description:
The risk of developing an incisional hernia (IH) after a laparotomy is between 9-20%, and 90% occur within 3 years after surgery. Just in USA, more than 200,000 IH per year are treated, with estimated costs of 2,500 M$. Although these complications are mainly related with intrinsic factors of patients, there are also surgical factors such as the closing tension, the type of suture material and/or the surgical technique involved.
The surgical technique and materials used to close this type of incision in the abdominal wall are selected on the basis of the surgeon´s experience and therefore, it is mainly empirical. A multidisciplinary team of a Spanish university, involving doctors and mechanical engineers, has developed a medical device to cover the surgeons´ need at the moment of closing a laparotomy.
With real-time information on force and distance, surgeons may decide the most appropriate closure technique and materials to be used for each single patient for reducing the laparotomy´s closing force and therefore, to prevent incisional hernias. A clear commercial application is identified for laparotomy (large incision through the abdominal wall to gain access into the abdominal cavity). Nevertheless, this technology - with special adaptations or innovations - could be potentially useful for other major surgery interventions in the field of -otomies, where measuring forces and distances between edges within a surgical incision is required.
The medical device is in a prototype stage that measures the closing force between edges in a laparotomy.
It was designed and tested in non-regulatory preclinical trials using pigs.
The university is looking for medical devices companies for license agreements to further develop the pre-clinical (regulatory trials) and clinical phases and bring it to the market.
Advantages and Innovations:
- Prototype of medical device of reduced dimensions to be used in surgical rooms
- Proven use in preclinical models (pigs)
- Force and distance measurements are made and registered in a sensor simultaneously
- High accuracy determinations: for the force (±0.2 N) and the distance (±1 mm)
- Several instruments can be coupled to obtain measures at the same time at different zones in a laparotomy
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
Spanish patent pending and PCT extension

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought:
Medical devices companies.

- Task to be performed:
The company should perform the regulatory pre-clinical and clinical trials, scale up the manufacturing and commercialize the device.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
Spanish

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
06001017 Cirugía
09001005 Tecnología mecánica relacionada con la realización de medidas
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica