A Trial to Evaluate Natural Orifice Transvaginal Endoscopic Cholecystectomy With Laparoscopic Assistance (NOTES)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 29, 2009
Results First Posted : November 24, 2011
Last Update Posted : November 24, 2011
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ethicon Endo-Surgery

Brief Summary:
The study will document being able to successfully remove a subject's gallbladder through the vagina (laparoscopic visualization)using a small collection of study surgical tools.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Gallbladder Disease Device: NOTES GEN 1 Toolbox Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 7 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Trial to Evaluate Natural Orifice Transvaginal Endoscopic Cholecystectomy With Laparoscopic Assistance
Study Start Date : April 2009
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: cholecystectomy
transvaginal cholecystectomy
Device: NOTES GEN 1 Toolbox
  • Articulating Hook Knife
  • Articulating Snare
  • Articulating Needle Knife
  • Articulating Graspers
  • Articulating Biopsy Forceps
  • Steerable Flex Trocar with Rotary Access Needle
  • Flexible Bipolar Hemostasis Forceps
  • Flexible Maryland Dissector

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Procedure Completion [ Time Frame: Day of Surgery ]
    Completion of procedure - transvaginal removal of the gallbladder

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

Women will be enrolled in this study who:

  1. Are willing to give consent and comply with evaluation and treatment schedule, able to understand and complete study questionnaires;
  2. At least 18 years of age;
  3. Have a clinical diagnosis of gallbladder disease indicated for cholecystectomy;
  4. ASA Classification I or II (Appendix II);
  5. Have a negative serum pregnancy test (for women of childbearing potential); and
  6. Absence, on visual inspection, of adhesions judged to be a potentially complicating factor in transvaginal access and operation.

Exclusion Criteria

Subjects will be excluded from the study for any of the following:

  1. BMI > 35;
  2. Use of immunosuppressive medications (within 6 months of surgery; single burst dosages and inhalable steroids are acceptable);
  3. Suspicion of gallbladder cancer, tumor, polyps, or mass;
  4. Acute cholecystitis or acute pancreatitis;
  5. Presence of common bile duct stones;
  6. History of cervical or vaginal cancer (or precancerous findings on most recent Pap Test);
  7. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease;
  8. Evidence of abdominal abscess or mass;
  9. Diffuse peritonitis;
  10. Use of anticoagulants or anti-platelet agents (use of daily cardio protective doses of aspirin, up to 81 mg/day, is acceptable and shall not constitute an exclusion criterion) or the presence of coagulopathy;
  11. Clinical diagnosis of sepsis;
  12. History of ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, or severe endometriosis;
  13. History of peritoneal or vaginal trauma;
  14. Co-morbid condition(s) that could limit the subject's ability to participate in the study or to comply with follow-up requirements, or that could impact the scientific integrity of the trial;
  15. Planned concurrent surgical procedure;
  16. Prior or planned major surgical procedure within 30 days before or after study procedure;
  17. History of transvaginal surgery;
  18. History of (or symptomatic for) abdominal adhesions;
  19. Participation in any other investigational device or drug trial that has not completed the primary endpoint or that clinically interferes with the current study endpoints;
  20. Previously enrolled in the current series of 4 trials investigating the EES NOTES GEN1 Toolbox;
  21. Any contraindication listed in a study device Instructions for Use (IFU) document (if that device may be used in the study procedure); or
  22. Any condition which precludes compliance with the study (Investigator discretion).

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00889928

United States, Illinois
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine - ATTN: Dr Hungness
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Principal Investigator: Eric Hungness, MD Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Responsible Party: Ethicon Endo-Surgery Identifier: NCT00889928     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00821704
Other Study ID Numbers: CI-08-0004
First Posted: April 29, 2009    Key Record Dates
Results First Posted: November 24, 2011
Last Update Posted: November 24, 2011
Last Verified: November 2011

Keywords provided by Ethicon Endo-Surgery:
gallbladder disease
gallbladder disease indicated for cholecystectomy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gallbladder Diseases
Biliary Tract Diseases
Digestive System Diseases