AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. (“Apollo”) (Nasdaq:APEN), a global leader in less invasive medical devices for bariatric and gastrointestinal procedures, announced today the first commercial shipments of the OverStitch™ Sx Endoscopic Suturing System. These initial customer shipments launch the first phase of the global product launch for Overstitch Sx.
This first phase will be a limited launch with select gastroenterologists and bariatric surgeons in both the United States and European Union through the end of 2018. The full commercial launch is planned in the 1st quarter of 2019.
Flexible endoscopic suturing using Apollo’s OverStitch™ Endoscopic Suturing System is now established as an important tool for both surgeons and gastroenterologists that enables a wide array of new endolumenally performed patient treatment options. The OverStitch Sx is designed for compatibility with single-channel endoscopes with diameters ranging from 8.8mm to 9.8mm, and therefore provides more physicians with access to the benefits of full-thickness flexible endoscopic suturing regardless of their hospital’s selection of endoscopic capital equipment or endoscope manufacturer.
“OverStitch Sx builds on the clinical success of OverStitch and adds features that will enhance and simplify the user’s experience. The product is designed to achieve full thickness tissue purchases easier and more consistently, increase the physician’s field of vision, and improve maneuverability when compared to the current OverStitch which operates on a dual channel scope,” said Christopher Gostout, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Apollo Endosurgery. “By incorporating all required ancillary channels for device operation in the product, the endoscope channel is left open for use of additional instrumentation. This feature allows physicians the opportunity to be more efficient and versatile in their procedures.”
About OverStitch™ Sx
The OverStitch™ Sx endoscopic suturing systems enable advanced endoscopic surgery by allowing physicians to place full-thickness sutures from a single-channel flexible endoscope. This new technology enables a secure approximation of tissue endoscopically and a wide range of less invasive solutions for physicians who treat defects in both the upper and lower GI tract of their patients. Additionally, physicians are leveraging endoscopic suturing to perform a variety of advanced bariatric procedures.
About Apollo Endosurgery, Inc.
Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. is a medical technology company focused on less invasive therapies for the treatment of obesity, a condition facing over 650 million people globally, as well as other gastrointestinal conditions. Apollo’s device based therapies are an alternative to invasive surgical procedures, thus lowering complication rates and reducing total healthcare costs. Apollo's products are offered in over 70 countries today and include the OverStitch™ Endoscopic Suturing System, the ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon, and the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System.
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