System designed to enhance procedural safety in abdominal cavity during gynecological procedures; Integrated guard provides greater protection around surgical incision


Olympus announces the launch of the Guardenia Contained Extraction System for manual morcellation. (Credit: PR Newswire/ Olympus)

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, announced today the market launch of the Guardenia™ Contained Extraction System. Guardenia is the latest innovation in their contained tissue extraction product portfolio for gynecological procedures and is manufactured by Advanced Surgical Concepts (ASC) Ltd. of Bray, Ireland. Olympus America Inc. is the exclusive U.S. distributor of the system, which is indicated to contain and isolate tissue during, or prior to, surgical removal and/or extracorporeal manual morcellation.

The Guardenia system is designed to prevent the escape of cells into the abdominal cavity during extracorporeal manual morcellation, and its integrated guard provides protection against inadvertent damage from sharp surgical instruments around the incision. The guard offers superior incision retraction and protects a greater area of the containment element when compared to currently marketed devices.

“Olympus is very pleased to continue its successful partnership with Advanced Surgical Concepts to provide innovative gynecological products for women’s health care in the U.S.,” said Richard Reynolds, President, Medical Systems Group, Olympus Corporation of the Americas. “Advancements in treatments such as contained tissue extraction help keep patients safe and can improve surgical outcomes, both of which are important aims of healthcare, while allowing surgeons to approach procedures with as minimally invasive an approach as possible.”

“The Guardenia device offers a new standard of care for the patient through its novel technology,” states Frank Bonadio CEO of ASC. “We’re pleased to work with Olympus to launch the device.”

Guardenia maximizes the amount of available space in the incision during a procedure by encroaching less into the incision and maintaining a stable protective area to complete manual tissue morcellation. Once in place, the design of the containment bag and guard ensures more durable protection of the specimen bag and the incision as compared to other marketed devices.¹

Protection of the integrity of the specimen bag is one of the critical design features of the Guardenia device. Guardenia’s design securely anchors the guard and prevents bag dislodgement.

Potential complications associated with the use of the Guardenia device are the same as those associated with the use of tissue or specimen bags, morcellation and laparoscopic surgery in general and include but are not limited to superficial lesions, injury to internal vessels, bleeding, hematoma, injury to the abdominal wall, injury to bowel, infection, peritonitis and spread of benign or malignant tissue.

Source: Company Press Release