The Endo GIA™ Radial Reload’s design and mechanism of action significantly reduces the likelihood that the staple line will contain “dog ears.” This is due to the following reasons:
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Yes, the Endo GIA™ Radial Reload can be used laparoscopically. To date, surgeons have had clinical success using the Endo GIA™ Radial Reload through an existing trocar incision in the following manner:
Note: This technique should not be attempted with a standard length Endo GIA™ Universal handle (legacy handle) – the “unload” button will be covered by the trocar and the surgeon will not be able to unload the Radial Reload after use.