Cardica Adds New Curved Tip to Microcutter XCHANGE® 30 Surgical Stapler

Cardica, Inc. has unveiled a curved tip cartridge for its MicroCutter XCHANGE® 30 surgical stapling device. This cartridge has a curved atraumatic tip at the distal end which is designed to facilitate placement of the stapler on selected tissues. Cardica is currently offering the cartridge commercially on a limited release basis, with a global launch anticipated later this year.


Cardica designs and manufactures proprietary stapling and anastomotic devices for cardiac and laparoscopic surgical procedures. Its technology portfolio is intended to reduce operating time and facilitate minimally-invasive and robot-assisted surgeries.

The MicroCutter product line now includes the MicroCutter XCHANGE 30 five-millimeter stapler with 80 degrees of articulation as well as four cartridges: the white cartridge for thin tissue stapling with both straight and curved options; and the blue cartridge for medium tissue with both straight and curved options. Importantly, all cartridges are compatible with the recently launched new iteration of the XCHANGE 30 device.

Physician comments 

“The curved tip cartridge provides an enhanced stapling option for procedures where confined surgical spaces require exceptional control and maneuverability,” said Dr. Brendan C. Visser, assistant professor of surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center and Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care Center. “Taking the small size, large degree of articulation and curved tip together, this device has the potential to reduce the amount of tissue dissection, which could ultimately provide better patient outcomes.”

Company comments

“We developed this important line extension for the MicroCutter surgical stapler in response to identified clinical needs from surgeons from various specialties,” commented Bernard A. Hausen, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Cardica. “We believe this new cartridge will provide a surgeon added confidence when working in deeply recessed areas, where visibility is challenging, as the curved tip geometry allows for easier visualization intended to ensure that only the intended tissue is stapled.”

Source: Cardica, Inc., PR Newswire

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