The health care products company, Covidien, has unveiled the Endo GIA Radial Reload.

The Endo GIA Radial Reload incorporates Tri-Staple technology and facilitates surgeons to cut and securely staple colon tissue up to 2 cm deeper into the pelvis.

Covidien surgical solutions product development director Mike Primavera said with the new design of the Radial Reload, the company is setting new standards for access, maneuverability and staple line security in low anterior resection (LAR) procedures.

Siena Medical Center and St. Charles Hospital colon and rectal program director and colon and rectal surgery chief David E. Rivadeneira said during performing LAR procedures, surgeons are faced with a challenge of maintaining good visualization and appropriate distal margins with the goal of sphincter preservation and avoidance of an ostomy.

"In the cadaver study sponsored by Covidien, we demonstrated that the Radial Reload provides better access and visualization deep in the pelvis during open LAR, as compared to the Ethicon Contour Curved Cutter Stapler," Rivadeneira added.

"Deeper access into the lower pelvis can potentially help improve a surgeon’s ability to perform sphincter salvage procedures and avoid a colostomy bag, which improves a patient’s quality of life."

The company said it will showcase the Radial Reload at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, US, held between 2-6 June 2012.