OMER, ISRAEL--(Marketwired - Oct 17, 2017) - Medigus Ltd. (
The MUSE™ system is a single-use flexible transoral stapler that merges the latest advancement in microvisual, ultrasonic and surgical stapling. The device comes equipped with an ultrasonic sight and range finder and a micro ScoutCam™ CMOS[i] camera, which enables a single physician to perform an incisionless transoral fundoplication, the procedure intended to treat the anatomical cause of GERD. As the device requires no incisions, patients generally report greater comfort during the procedure and experience reduced hospital stays by up to 50% over invasive fundoplication procedures.
"We are pleased that Izasa Hospital has adopted the MUSE™ system as a minimally-invasive treatment option, which offers an alternative for GERD patients who can no longer rely on drug therapy," said Chris Rowland, CEO of Medigus. "This purchase order is an important milestone in our business development initiative, and we are excited to offer this interventional endoscopic treatment in Spain, a key market that will benefit from this minimally invasive and cost efficient option."
According to experts, as much as twenty-six percent of Europe's population suffers from GERD at least once per week[ii]. GERD occurs when the base of the lower esophageal sphincter does not properly close after swallowing, which allows acid to back up (or reflux) in to the esophagus, causing discomfort. The acid-reducing medications called proton pump inhibitors may offer patients temporary relief; however, they do not treat that anatomical source of GERD, leaving the opportunity for the disease to progress into a more severe condition.
Those who experience symptoms such as heartburn or regurgitation twice a week or more, may be at risk for persistent GERD.
Medigus is a medical device company specializing in developing minimally invasive endosurgical tools and highly innovative imaging solutions. They are the pioneer developer of the MUSE™ system, an FDA cleared and CE marked endoscopic device to perform transoral fundoplication (TF) for the treatment of GERD, one of the most common chronic conditions in the world. In 2016, the CMS established the Category I CPT® Code of 43210 for TF procedures, such as the ones performed with MUSE™, which establishes reimbursement values for physicians and hospitals. MUSE™ is gaining adoption in key markets around the world - it is available in world-leading healthcare institutions in the U.S., Europe and Israel. Medigus is also in the process of obtaining regulatory clearance in China. Medigus is traded on the Nasdaq Capital Market and the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange Ltd. To learn more about the company's advanced technology, please visit www.medigus.com or www.RefluxHelp.com.
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[i] Medigus has developed a range of micro CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) video cameras, including micro ScoutCam™ 1.2, which to the best of the company's knowledge, is the smallest in the world.
[ii] El-Serag HB, Sweet S, Winchester CC, Dent J. Update on the epidemiology of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease: a systematic review. Gut. 2014;63(6):871-880. doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2012-304269.