The XCHANGE 30 is the world’s first and only five-millimeter surgical stapler that articulates to 80 degrees.

"The recent modifications to the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 bolster the jaw strength and stability, as well as increase the strength of the handle," said Bernard A. Hausen, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Cardica.

"Cardica quickly enhanced the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 based on feedback from surgeons," said Professor Ralph Schmid, Director, Division of General Thoracic Surgery, at Bern University Hospital.

"The new device will make it possible to incorporate the XCHANGE 30 into many additional routine laparoscopic procedures for our practice," said Dr. Juan-Carlos Verdeja, associate professor of surgery and director of laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

"I have seen firsthand the benefit of the added jaw strength in two recent cases — a colon resection and a multiple site small bowel resection — where the XCHANGE 30 performed well when used with much thicker tissue, resulting in positive patient outcomes."

Cardica began shipping the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 to both the United States and Europe in early September, and effective immediately, all orders will be filled with the newly enhanced device.