Asensus Surgical, Inc. (NYSE American: ASXC), a medical device company that is digitizing the interface between the surgeon and the patient to pioneer a new era of Performance-Guided Surgery™ (PGS), today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for an expanded indication to treat pediatric patients with the Senhance® System. The Senhance System is already approved for pediatric patients in the EU and Japan.

With the combination of 3mm instrumentation, 5mm camera scope, haptic feedback, and advanced clinical intelligence provided by the Intelligent Surgical Unit™, the Company believes that the Senhance System is uniquely positioned to bring the benefits of surgical robotics to pediatric patients in a way that no other platform on the market can, by offering a unique and unmatched reduction in invasiveness on a robotic platform. We have seen strong early clinical utilization in Europe, with surgeons having successfully performed pediatric general, upper GI, colorectal and urologic procedures using the Senhance System.

“We are excited to bring the benefits of surgical robotic technology to the underserved pediatric patient population in the United States. Given the small size of the patients, pediatric surgery seeks to use the least invasive instruments and scopes, while maintaining a high level of precision and stability. The Senhance System is uniquely qualified to meet these needs of pediatric surgeons,” said Anthony Fernando, Asensus Surgical President and CEO. “We look forward to bringing all of our learnings from over three years of performing pediatric procedures in Europe and Japan to the US.”

Dr. Thom Lobe, Pediatric Surgeon at the Sinai Health System in Chicago said, “The Senhance System is the perfect robotic platform for use in pediatric patients. No other robotic system uses reusable 3mm instruments suitable for smaller patients. For those familiar with laparoscopic surgery, the system is easy to learn and has several advantages including economical value, a camera system controlled by the surgeon’s eyes, and improved safety features such as haptic feedback.”

Source: Company Press Release