The meeting will be held August 18-20, 2017, in New York, NY.

Several presentations at the meeting highlight the use of Dextera’s C-Port and PAS-Port Systems to help enable less invasive coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedures.

“It’s an exciting time in the field of cardiac surgery today,” commented Dr. Balkhy, professor of surgery and director of robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. “In presenting data from around the world at this meeting, it is clear that minimally invasive coronary surgery is on the rise.

“I’m pleased to report that the automated C-Port® Flex-A® System which I have been using in my practice for 10 years now, precisely and reliably connects the graft to the coronary arteries during coronary bypass procedures. It continues to enable minimally invasive and endoscopic approaches with remarkable outcomes in my patients.

“They consistently are discharged sooner and recover more quickly than patients undergoing a traditional open-heart coronary bypass, given the minimally invasive nature of the procedures.”

The C-Port Anastomosis Systems are intended for use in the creation of anastomoses in blood vessels and grafts, including use in coronary artery bypass grafting procedures. The C-Port Systems – the C-Port xA System and the Flex-A® System – can be used on- or off-pump and create compliant anastomoses that expand and contract with blood flow.

The C-Port Systems work on coronary arteries as small as 1.3 millimeters in internal diameter and work with grafts of various diameters and vessels with single wall thicknesses less than 0.75 millimeters.

The Flex-A System allows surgeons to position the device to create a secure connection even in difficult to reach areas of the heart. The C-Port System received 510(k) clearance in 2006 and the Flex-A System in 2007.

The PAS-Port® System is intended to create the aortic anastomosis of aortic autologous vein grafts. The PAS-Port system is a fully-automated device used to perform an anastomosis between a saphenous vein and the aorta during either on- or off-pump CABG surgery.

The PAS-Port system has been used in Japan and Europe since 2004, and received 510(k) clearance in the United States in 2008. The PAS-Port system allows a surgeon to complete an automated connection of the bypass graft vessel to the aorta (known as a proximal anastomosis) without the need to clamp and manipulate the aorta. The common method of completing a proximal anastomosis in CABG surgery often requires that the aorta be clamped and utilizes time-consuming hand-sewn sutures. When the clamp is released, tiny blood clots or particles from the aortic wall can be released, which can then travel to the brain and cause stroke and other neurologic complications.

 In addition, the PAS-Port's unique design allows for a comparable take-off angle when compared to hand-sewn sutures, and the PAS-Port's implant design does not introduce metal into the graft lumen.