Introducing StitchKit®, a pre-loaded Suture Delivery Canister designed to facilitate suturing in Robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery.
While using the da Vinci® Surgical System the robotic surgeon must rely on skilled assistants to transfer sutures in and out of the surgical field. During these exchanges, needles can cause injuries and / or be dropped and misplaced inside the patient.
StitchKit® is designed to allow the robotic surgeon to manage all aspects of suture use and needle disposal without the need of an assistant.
StitchKit® is designed to:
Increase surgeon autonomy as individual sutures no longer need to be passed one at a time.
Enhance efficiency by delivering six sutures at once, which can be rapidly accessed when needed.
Improve safety by eliminating exposed needle transfer and providing a visible, secure area to capture used suture needles.
Allow surgeon to reduce assistant port size or even eliminate assistant port entirely, which could result in less post-op pain.
See the StitchKit® in clinical procedure videos by clicking here .
StitchKit® facilitates minimally invasive robotic surgery by transporting suture to the operative field via a uniquely designed canister. The canister held by one of the two tabs with a robotic grasper, and is inserted through a ≥ 12 mm trocar, safely delivering 6 sutures at a time.
Once inside, the surgeon opens the canister by gently twisting the two larger tabs on either end of the device. This reveals a suture holding compartment, which stores the six sutures. A suture is then removed by grasping one needle and gently pulling the suture out from the canister. Repeat for all sutures within the device as needed.
Each used needle should be placed into the StitchKit® sharps container blunt end first via either of the two trap doors. To remove StitchKit® from the surgical field, the surgeon should close the device using the tabs on either end using the robotic needle holders, until the device is obviously closed. It can then be transferred out through the trocar.