Covidien has won FDA 510(k) clearance for the iDrive Ultra powered stapling system, a reusable, battery-operated endoscopic surgical stapler.

The iDrive Ultra system leverages proprietary Tri-Staple technology that provides less stress on tissue during compression and clamping and has the ability to manage tissue variability.

Covidien Surgical Solutions chief technology officer, vice president Paul Hermes said the newest addition to the line of battery-powered devices delivers optimal functionality due to the feedback surgeons have provided.

"Laparoscopic surgery can be an exceptionally labor-intensive endeavor that requires a high level of accuracy within a very restricted anatomical space," Hermes added.

"The iDrive Ultra powered stapling system will enable surgeons to operate through restricted anatomical space with greater precision, compared with traditional endomechanical staplers."

The system, which is compatible with the company’s portfolio of Endo GIA reloads with Tri-Staple technology for use in laparoscopic and open surgical procedures, is designed to eliminate the need for manual firing force and improve maneuverability.

The company expects to make the environmental friendly system available in the US in the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2012.