Gordian Surgical is developing a trocar with an integrated closure system.
Gordian Surgical has developed a trocar with integrated closure system that offers surgeons a simple, safe, and cost-saving solution to opening and suturing laparoscopic incisions.
Instead of inserting fascia closure sutures at the end of a procedure, Gordian’s uniquely designed “two-in-one” trocar automatically inserts sutures into the tissue surrounding the trocar at the beginning of the procedure. When the trocar is removed, the physician easily closes the fascia by tying the sutures.
Gordian’s two-in-one trocar can be adapted to all types of trocars: bladed/bladeless, disposable/multiuse, and others.
Founded: November 2012
Stage: Business development
Investors: The Trendlines Group, B. Braun, private investment funds (China and Canada), private investors, including key opinion leaders (surgeons)
An estimated 10 million laparoscopic procedures are performed annually. While laparoscopic surgeries are less invasive, closing abdominal access ports remains a difficult and time-consuming task. Today, surgeons manually suture ports with a needle and thread, adding up to 20 minutes per operation. Some surgeons use a dedicated closure device, rather than needle and thread, adding significantly to procedure cost and presenting safety problems.
The global trocar and closure markets have yearly revenues of approximately $1 billion and $450 million, respectively. According to MarketStrat, J&J dominates the trocar market (50%), followed by Covidien (30%) and Applied Medical (15%).
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