The ProPep Nerve Monitoring System is a tool that could help in cases where the anatomical cues are sometimes unclear in regard to nerve location. Preserving nerves can potentially help our patients better regain urinary and sexual function.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 23, 2012
ProPep Surgical, a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company, announced today it has initiated a clinical study of its ProPep Nerve Monitoring System with Dr. Naveen Kella, Director of Robotic Laparoscopic Surgery at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital and partner at Urology San Antonio. The purpose of the study is to quantify the value of using ProPep’s Nerve Monitoring System during robotic prostatectomy for both surgeons and patients in predicting urinary continence and erectile function outcomes following surgery.
The ProPep Nerve Monitoring System is the first real-time nerve identification system specifically designed for use during robotic surgery. Fast, accurate and easy to use, the system aids a surgeon in identifying otherwise invisible nerves during minimally invasive robotic pelvic surgery. “Optimal outcomes require surgeon experience of hundreds if not thousands of cases,” according to Dr. Kella. “The ProPep Nerve Monitoring System is a tool that could help in cases where the anatomical cues are sometimes unclear in regard to nerve location. Preserving nerves can potentially help our patients better regain urinary and sexual function. I am grateful to be involved with this innovative technology.”
“We are very excited to begin this study with Dr. Kella, who has performed the most robotic prostatectomy surgeries of any active surgeon in Texas,” stated Jim Schneider, Chief Operating Officer. “This is the first in a series of studies ProPep Surgical will be conducting with leading robotic prostatectomy surgeons across the United States. Through these studies, we will be exploring the benefits of being able to identify otherwise invisible nerves in real time during robotic prostatectomy surgery using our ProPep Nerve Monitoring System.
"Over the past three decades, similar technology has become a Standard of Care in multiple open surgical procedures because of its ability to help surgeons avoid inadvertent neurologic injuries. We believe that over time our technology will prove to be equally beneficial in robotic surgical procedures.”
About ProPep Surgical
Established in 2010, ProPep Surgical is a privately-held, Austin-based medical device company developing a system of products (ProPep Nerve Monitoring System) to aid robotic surgeons in identifying otherwise invisible nerves during minimally invasive robotic surgery. Real time identification of these nerves will allow the surgeons to make a more informed decision about which tissue to selectively preserve or remove during robotic surgery and as a result, potentially reduce the common side effects typically attributed to inadvertent nerve damage during these procedures.