Innovation in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical practice has progressed quite rapidly, especially in the last decade. Enhancements in device and equipment design, technology, and function have greatly expanded our ability to provide minimally invasive endoscopic procedures (and interventions) that were not possible in the past. In addition, there is a renewed emphasis on improving patient safety and infection control and reducing patient morbidity, while continuously making efforts to improve clinical outcomes.
Gastroenterologists, gastrointestinal surgeons and other clinical providers in our specialty have partnered with our industry colleagues to identify unmet needs in clinical practice and deliver technological enhancements aimed at improving patient care. Our national gastroenterology societies also have fostered and helped support these innovative projects in a variety of ways. These stakeholders have worked collaboratively with the FDA and other regulatory bodies to better understand the most optimal pathways for delivering technology from the “bench to the bedside.”
Given the rapid pace at which these developments are occurring, it is sometimes difficult for our practicing colleagues and clinical providers to keep up with pertinent information about these new technological advances. Starting with this issue of Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, we will discuss various aspects of new technology and devices that are already commercially available or will be in the near future.