CuroGyn has developed next-generation minimally-invasive surgical technology that helps address current problems in procedures related to hysteroscopy, endourology, and flexible ureteroscopy.
Hysteroscopy is a procedure performed to diagnose and treat causes related to abnormal uterine bleeding, unexplained pelvic pain, and infertility issues. Hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure among women in the United States, after cesarean sections. Over 500,000 inpatient hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States, and over 22 million women have had a hysterectomy.
The female population is growing older, delaying childbirth, and becoming increasingly obese, pathological conditions of the cervix and uterus are increasing offering an opportunity for CuroGyn's minimally invasive surgical devices to be developed that simplify the procedure, allow the procedure to be performed in a more efficient and patient-friendly environment such outpatient centers and physician offices instead of hospitals, and reduce overall procedural costs.
Additionally, patient awareness will become an ever-increasing driver in demanding and promoting these procedures that minimize more invasive treatments.
Endourology is a procedure to remove kidney stones. In the U.S. 7% of women and 13% of men are diagnosed with kidney stones at least once during their life. In regards to Endourology or kidney stone treatment, the U.S. population is aging and in combination with sedentary lifestyles and eating habits that are contributing to increasing obesity rates, kidney stone prevalence continues to rise. The overall procedural costs are straining healthcare facility budgets due to:
1) The high cost of instrument acquisition
2) Frequent and expensive repairs
3) Time-consuming, ongoing maintenance and reprocessing (cleaning and sterilization).
Healthcare facilities are now demanding more economical solutions.
As for treatment options today, there are two primary methods: non-invasive intervention (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) or ultrasound stone destruction) and minimally invasive intervention known as retrograde flexible ureteroscopy (flexible scope) with laser fiber lithotripsy.
Recent studies have shown that the flexible ureteroscopy approach is clearly more successful in achieving stone-free rates after one procedure session relative to the non-invasive ESWL approach. As a result, there is an increasing demand for flexible ureteroscopes and laser fibers in the field of endourology