The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) approval to Medtronic's Aquamantys SBS 5.0 Sheathed Bipolar Sealer.

The SBS 5.0 Sheathed Bipolar Sealer offers hemostatic sealing capabilities for both incised soft tissue (cut muscle) and epidural veins and provides spine surgeons with the ability to optimize speed and continuity in surgical cases.

Medtronic Surgical Technologies business president Mark Fletcher said the SBS 5.0 uses their patented Transcollation technology in preventing and stopping bleeding during surgery, and it will deliver considerable value to surgeons, patients, and hospitals alike.