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Amber Hamilton
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New SPETZLER™ MALIS® Dual Irrigating Bipolar Forceps Improves Visualization During Neurosurgery

BOSTON, MA – Oct. 20, 2014 – Codman Neuro*, a global leader in neurosurgery and part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of SPETZLERTM MALIS® Dual Irrigating Disposable Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps, the first disposable dual irrigating forceps for neurosurgery. The announcement was made here at the 2014 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Meeting.

Irrigation is used to flush and cool target tissue and enable the surgical field of vision to remain clear during electrosurgery. Too much or too little fluid can interfere with visualization of the surgical site.

SPETZLER MALIS Dual Irrigating Forceps is the first disposable device to have irrigation channels inside both of its branches, offering precise delivery of fluid through each forceps tip for improved and uninterrupted visualization. The device also provides the same non-stick coagulation performance as the industry leading standard version of the SPETZLER MALIS Disposable Bipolar Forceps.

"The dual irrigation design is ideal for working with arteriovenous malformations and vascular tumors as they keep the tips and vessels moist enhancing their non-stick properties, and the transparent fine tubing provides better visualization," said neurosurgeon Robert Spetzler, MD, FACS, Director, Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.** "The SPETZLER MALIS Disposable Bipolar Forceps line has been designed to be non-stick, low profile, and provide great tactile feedback."

The dual irrigating forceps is the latest addition to the SPETZLER MALIS Forceps product line, following the launch of SPETZLER MALIS Slim Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps earlier this year. SPETZLER MALIS Slim Forceps have the slimmest profile available on the market and provide access to narrow surgical fields. Standard SPETZLER MALIS Disposable Forceps have been available since 2006. This family of forceps features an ergonomic design that provides excellent visualization and control, which is especially important when operating on deep-seated tumors or vascular structures, and during skull-based neurosurgery. Codman Neuro also offers ISOCOOL® Bipolar Forceps, designed for procedures requiring critically precise temperature control to reduce sticking and charring while coagulating.

"Dual-irrigating bipolar forceps is an important innovation that provides neurosurgeons an instrument that delivers on all the essential elements required for the most demanding electrosurgery procedures," said P. Laxmin Laxminarain, Worldwide President, Codman Neuro. "As the market leader with a long history of innovation, we continue to find areas to enhance procedures and fill unmet clinical needs."

SPETZLER MALIS Dual Irrigating Bipolar Forceps are single-use devices sold sterile and are intended for use in electrosurgery for coagulation and irrigation of tissue.

About Codman Neuro
Codman Neuro is a global neurosurgery and neurovascular company that offers a broad portfolio of devices for hydrocephalus management, neuro intensive care and cranial surgery as well as aneurysm coils, vascular reconstruction devices and other technologies used in the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms and stroke. Codman Neuro is part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Visit or for more information.


*Codman Neuro is a division of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
** Dr. Spetzler is a paid consultant for Codman Neuro
©Codman Neuro, a division of DOI 2014. All rights reserved.

The third party trademarks used herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

SPETZLER™ is a trademark of Robert Spetzler, MD
MALIS® is a trademark of Synergetics IP, Inc.



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