Lumendi has launched EZ Glide, a proprietary hydrophilic coating applied to the inner sheath of its DiLumen EIP, a double-balloon endoluminal device that aims to safely improve the navigation of the endoscope through the bowel, create a stabilising therapeutic zone inside the colon during endoluminal interventions, and help minimise potential mucosal injury.
DiLumen EIP consists of a soft flexible sheath that fits over standard and small diameter endoscopes. The platform employs two balloons, one behind the bending section of the endoscope and the second in front of the tip of the endoscope. When both balloons are deployed and inflated the area in between is stabilized. This Therapeutic Zone facilitates stabilisation, insufflation and manipulation of the tissue thus allowing the clinician to more effectively treat the target area. Once the therapy is completed the balloons are simply deflated and removed along with the endoscope.
According to the company, the EZ Glide is activated by water or saline and improves endoscopic performance of the DiLumen EIP by:
- further stabilising the endoscope tip and nearby anatomy;
- providing gentler anatomic control to safely straighten and navigate tortuous anatomy for improved control and faster access to lesions;
- reducing the need for messy gels or oils during preparation, which further improves intraoperative visibility; and
- enabling safe and repeated access as a conduit, allowing efficient exchange of tools and tissue removal.
“The DiLumen EIP has the potential to improve or enable less invasive procedures for benign colorectal polyps, and can take the place of open or laparoscopic surgery, thereby preserving anatomy, shortening recovery and reducing healthcare costs,” said Dr Peter Johann, CEO of Lumendi.