Alfa Corpuscles develops indigenous yet affordable key surgical technology

Designed in India, the disposable trocar for laparoscopy, endoXS complies with the vision of 'Make in India' and can compete with the offerings of other global players at a lower cost


The product was launched on the occasion of National Technology Day, 11 May 2015 at Vigyan Bhawan

The most critical component of any laparoscopic surgery is the trocar, which is used to gain access to the abdomen for inserting the laparoscope and surgical instruments. To address to the risk of infections and injury due to the reuse of trocars, increasing number of surgeons prefer using disposable trocars, but high cost of the imported products leads to the malpractice of reuse of single use devices.

But now the New Delhi based Alfa Corpuscles, with financial assistance from the Technology Development Board, has commercialized endoXS, the First Indigenously designed ‘Disposable Trocar for Laparoscopy' that has been developed from inputs from over 150 Surgeons, conforms to all international standards and has innovative features that leads to significant cost reduction. The product is manufactured in a GMP Facility, has a CE marked and has an ISO 13485 and CMDCAS Certification and bears Indian Patent Application Number 2032/DEL/2014.

Unique Features of endoXS are ‘bladeless separator tip' for access with minimal tissue damage, ‘angulated fascial thread' for superior abdominal wall retention, ‘inbuilt adaptive flexi-seal' to maintain abdominal insufflations while accommodating a wide range of instrument sizes (4.7mm to 12.9mm) and ‘optical access technology', enhancing safety during insertion by enabling visualization of the tissue layers.

"The sales of endoXSTM have already been promising with a lot of surgeons expressing interest and acknowledging the ease of operation with the device. With the introduction, widespread use and disposal of low cost disposable trocars such as endoXSTM there shall be a reduction in overall cost of laparoscopic surgery, reduced incidents of injury or infection due to reuse and adherence of ethical practices in relation to the device by doctors and hospitals," mentioned the company's spokesperson.

On what lies ahead, he added further, "Keeping up the spirit of Make in India campaign and with the positive encouragement of the Indian Government, we hope our product, endoXSTM, would be readily taken up by various hospitals and clinical institutions, and appreciated for its low cost and quality which is at par with various imported products presently in the market."

The company believes that in the coming years, with the availability of endoXSTM, there would be reduction in overall cost of laparoscopic surgery, reduced incidents of injury or infection due to reuse and adoption of ethical practices of disposing single use devices by doctors and hospitals. Minimal Access (Laparoscopic) Surgery has come to be the mainstay treatment for a majority of surgically correctable diseases. One of the most critical components of any laparoscopic surgery is the trocar. Trocars injuries and infections can prove disastrous to the patient's health and surgeons repute.

The currently available forms of the trocars are either metallic (reusable) or plastic (disposable).


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