The AltaSeal® micro-insert and delivery system is based on the CELT® ACD, an FDA approved arterial closure device which is now implanted in about 85,000 patients worldwide. Recognizing that the core technology in CELT could be adapted to provide a non-surgical and removable option for women who have chosen permanent contraception, Dr. Coleman and Mr. Cummins founded AltaScience to develop AltaSeal.
The AltaSeal medical grade metal micro-insert is placed in the fallopian tube by a gynecologist using a standard hysteroscope. When the device is positioned at the opening of the fallopian tube, wings emerge from the body of the micro-insert, blocking the fallopian tube and holding the device in place. Uniquely, the device can also be removed via hysteroscope, for example, when a woman has passed through menopause and may no longer need it
AltaScience is developing AltaSeal®, a non-surgical alternative to tubal ligation. AltaSeal® is a soft stainless steel micro-insert, which is placed the fallopian tubes using a special type of telescope called a hysteroscope. AltaSeal® can be placed in a gynaecologist’s office, rather than in a hospital, and the procedure takes about 15 minutes. Because there’s no anesthesia or surgery, a woman can expect to resume normal activities on the same day, or the next day.
AltaSeal® is clearly visable by both trans-vaginal ultrasound and abdominal ultrasound
TS view of both AltaSeal® implants
Current Standard of Care
Surgical tubal ligation is an abdominal surgery requiring hospitalisation and anesthesia. It’s usually carried out via laparoscopy; instruments are passed through the abdominal wall and the fallopian tubes are cut, clipped, tied, removed, or disrupted with energy. It’s generally safe and effective and often offered as a day-case, so normally, a woman can expect to go home on the same day. However, she will have undergone surgery, and it will be several days before she can resume normal activities.
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