The InnoPort from Innovia LLC earned a 2011 ESP Awards red ribbon in the Instrumentation category. Marc Ramer, director of research and development at Innovia took a moment to answer some questions regarding the InnoPort.
Surgical Products: How was the idea for this product developed? What needs were you looking to meet with this product?
Marc Ramer: The idea for the InnoPort originally came from Dr. David Edelman, a prominent general/laparoscopic surgeon in Miami and one of the pioneers of Single Port Access surgery in South Florida. He saw a need for a simple, elegant device to facilitate SPA since the offerings at the time were either home-made or clunky and difficult to use. Dr. Edelman collaborated with Dr. Leonard Pinchuk, a world-renowned inventor and biomedical engineer, to develop the InnoPort.
SP: How does this system work?
Ramer: The InnoPort is a hollow cone-shaped device that is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. Then 5mm instruments are placed through valves in the device to facilitate Single Port Access Surgery. The device provides easy insertion, a wide range of instrument manipulation, maintenance of pneumoperitoneum, and easy removal.
SP: What problems does this product address?
Ramer: Competitive devices are more difficult to insert, requiring either shoe-horning a plug into position, manipulation of a plastic sleeve, or similarly cumbersome and time-consuming maneuvers. Some of these devices do not allow the use of rigid-curved instruments. The InnoPort is easy for the surgeon to use and costs much less than these other devices.
SP: How can using this product help facilities improve patient safety, infection rates and overall efficiency?
Ramer: Due to its ease of use, the InnoPort may reduce procedure time and difficulty. Shorter and easier procedures translate to improve patient safety (less anesthesia, etc.) and more efficient surgery
For more information, visit www.theinnoport.com.