The video initially shows the site after submucosal injection of a mucosal lesion in the distal esophagus. The lesion had been previously identified and marked.
Using the mechanical rotating EndoRotor® catheter head, a proximal incision is then made into the submucosa on the margin of the lesion. In the process, the catheter sucks the mucosal segment involved into an opening in which two small rotating knives resect the mucosal segment and deposit all of the resected matter into a filter, so that all of the tissue particles can be examined histologically afterwards — including the margins.
After the incision, the catheter is now advanced carefully into the submucosa, which is mechanically separated so that a “tunnel” is created. The endoscope is then introduced into the tunnel from proximal to distal, and a large submucosal space is bluntly dissected using the endoscope and the mechanical catheter. N.B.: this technique does not require any use of a knife, any thermal cutting, or any electric current.
After the overlying mucosal area has been lifted for endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), the distal end and the two lateral edges are incised using suction and mechanical cutting, until finally the resection specimen is released.
The specimen is then withdrawn “en bloc” using forceps.
Inspection of the ablation area shows that deep ablation has been achieved as far as the last third of the submucosa, above the muscularis layer in the esophagus. Histopathological examination of the removed esophagus (post mortem) shows resection as far as the lowest layer of the submucosa. No relevant bleeding or perforations occurred in any of n = 4 repeated esophageal resections.