TissuePatchThoracic received rave reviews at the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons (EACTS) congress in Geneva. This was not least because the company presented its Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Delivery instruments at the same time.
For the company David Mandley commented; ”Surgeon response to the new improved patch design and especially the delivery instruments has been very encouraging. There’s no doubt in my mind that being able to apply the patch to staple lines regardless of whether the procedure has been performed minimally invasively or open will significantly increase its appeal.”
Compared with the launch of the original TissuePatch3 product at the corresponding event in 2007 it was striking how much more focus was being applied to air leak reduction. This is undoubtedly due to the increased recognition that air leaks cost money, coupled with a belief that at last the surgeon has a treatment option.