Live Procedure in Germany Highlights Benefits and Ease-of-Use of MUSE™ to Top Endoscopists in Europe; Renowned gastroenterologists, Professors Messmann and Neuhaus, demonstrate transoral fundoplication with Medigus’ MUSE at Endo-Update in Germany

OMER, Israel, Dec. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Medigus Ltd. (Nasdaq:MDGS) (TASE:MDGS), a medical device company developing minimally invasive endosurgical tools and a leader in direct visualization technology, today announced the completion of a live transoral fundoplication (TF) procedure using the Medigus Ultrasonic Surgical Endostapler (MUSE™) system. The procedure was performed at the Endo-Update, one of the largest and most well-attended live endoscopy conferences in Europe, by renowned gastroenterologists from Germany, Professors Helmut Messmann, Klinikdirektor and Internist, Gastroenterologe at Klinikum Augsberg and Horst Neuhaus, MD, Head of the Department of Gastroenterology of the Evangelisches Krankenhaus in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The procedure was performed on a 34 year old male patient, who had been presenting with symptoms of GERD for five years, with no prior surgery for this condition.

“MUSE addresses an unmet need in long-term GERD care by providing a true solution between drug therapy and invasive surgical procedures,” said professor Messmann. “By addressing the anatomical cause of GERD, patients can find long-term relief from troublesome symptoms following a patient-friendly procedure, and be able to return to their daily activities within a couple of weeks.”

The MUSE system integrates the latest innovations in microvisualization, ultrasound and surgical stapling capabilities into one platform, enabling a single physician to perform transoral fundoplication for the treatment of GERD. MUSE has the potential to improve GERD-related quality of life for many patients by addressing the root cause of the disease, not just offer symptom relief, which is often in contrast to many drug therapies.

“I am pleased to demonstrate to the European gastroenterology and endoscopy communities the clinical and patient benefits of MUSE over more invasive techniques,” said professor Neuhaus. “This procedure is generally well-tolerated by most patients and the technique can be repeated if needed, which may be beneficial for patients with severe GERD.”

GERD is a common and costly disorder in Germany1, one that can increase with a person’s age. In a study of over 7,000 patients, 14% of subjects suffered moderate symptoms and 4% suffered severe symptoms.2 Because of their high prevalence, reflux symptoms are of major public health importance.2 In Germany, the impact of GERD on the ability to work as well as on overall work-related productivity has been studied and found that 61% of patients experienced reduced productivity as a consequence of their disease.3

“GERD can have widespread impact on a patient’s health-related quality of life. Medigus’ MUSE system has the potential to offer a meaningful solution to thousands of people who suffer with this disease in Germany and around the world,” said Chris Rowland, CEO of Medigus. “We are honored to work with leaders such as professors Messman and Neuhaus, and we thank them for their support raising awareness of this important technology amongst their peers.”