Edwards Lifesciences Offers PORT ACCESS EndoDirect System


May 11, 2009

Edwards offers the PORT ACCESS EndoDirect System, which allows cardiac surgeons to stop a patient's heart and keep it at rest for the duration of the heart valve procedure without an incision down the middle of the chest. In procedures such as mitral valve repair and replacement, the EndoDirect System provides a minimally invasive alternative for direct aortic cannulation when femoral access (groin cannulation) is not an option.

The device was introduced in the U.S. in May 2009.