News | January 21, 2008

Cardica Launches New C-Port System for CABG

January 22, 2008 - Cardica Inc. launched its new C-Port xA X-CHANGE Distal Anastomosis System, a cartridge-based, reloadable C-Port system designed for surgeons to attach multiple blood vessel grafts using the same handle during a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedure, which is now available in the United States.

The C-Port xA X-CHANGE system, a cartridge-based, reloadable C-Port system may reduce costs for CABG procedures. Cardica plans to feature the product at The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 44th Annual Meeting, the largest gathering of cardiothoracic surgeons in North America, being held January 28-30, in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The C-Port xA X-CHANGE system accommodates cartridges pre-loaded with staples, allowing a surgeon to complete multiple anastomoses using the same CO2-powered handle. Each device in the C-Port system product line is designed to enable automated, reliable and reproducible connections of blood vessels during cardiac bypass surgery. Unlike most hand-sewn anastomoses, Cardica's C-Port systems create compliant anastomoses that can expand and contract with blood flow. In addition, the C-Port anastomosis systems, whether used during on- or off- pump surgery, offer surgeons unique access to a wide range of coronary arteries, particularly small coronary arteries, which, in the past, have been difficult or impossible to connect effectively.

The product received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2007.

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