Smith & Nephew expands uterine care portfolio with innovative diagnostic
LONDON, Oct. 15, 2013
LONDON, Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Smith & Nephew (LSE:SN NYSE:SNN), the
global medical technology business, today announces an agreement with Femasys
Inc., the medical device developer of women's healthcare solutions, to become
the sole provider in the United States of Femasys' FemVue^® Saline-Air Device.
FemVue is anon-radiologic device that aids in the evaluation of a woman's
fallopian tubes as part of a sono-hysterosalpingogram (Sono HSG) procedure –
an important test that can help assess a woman's ability to become pregnant.
The agreement was announced yesterday at the conjoint meeting of the
International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and the American
Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) in Boston.
"We are pleased to offer gynecologists and their patients this innovative and
minimally-invasive diagnostic test," says Mira Sahney, Vice President and
General Manager of Smith & Nephew's Gynecology business. "FemVue complements
our TRUCLEAR™ System and reinforces our commitment to offer industry-leading
innovation that benefits healthcare providers and the patients they serve."
The FemVue device allows physicians to expand their office-based services with
a procedure that is more convenient for patients and cost-effective for
payors. Rather than performing a more expensive hysterosalpingogram (HSG)
procedure in a hospital or outpatient radiology center setting, physicians are
able to eliminate the use of x-rays by coupling saline and air with existing
ultrasound technology when performing the Sono-HSG procedure. This procedure
can be performed quickly and conveniently in the outpatient setting of a
gynecologist's office or fertility clinic. Results are generally available
during the same office visit.
"FemVue can be easily incorporated into any gynecological practice, allowing
women to benefit from this much needed technology," says Kathy Lee-Sepsick,
President & CEO of Femasys Inc. "We are excited to begin this partnership
with Smith & Nephew and are confident FemVue's reach will be greatly
"There is anxiety and stress inherent in the fertility treatment process;
FemVue helps ease some of that natural discomfort," says Dr. Chuck Miller of
the Advanced IVF Institute in Chicago. "My patients are more comfortable and
the procedure is more efficient in the known environment of our office, rather
than having to perform an HSG in the hospital."
FemVue complements the TRUCLEAR System, which is the cornerstone of Smith &
Nephew's uterine care business. As part of the diagnostic procedure during
which FemVue is used, both the uterus and fallopian tubes are evaluated for
abnormalities. If uterine polyps or fibroids are suspected, the patient could
be a candidate for a follow-up TRUCLEAR procedure, during which the polyps or
fibroids would be removed. Similar to tubal factors, polyps and fibroids are
also a known cause of infertility.
Femasys, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a privately held corporation committed
to advancing women's healthcare worldwide with innovative medical devices
developed to meet the various needs that may arise during a woman's life.
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improve people's lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic
Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma, Smith &
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