VERSASTEP INSUFFLATION/ACCESS NEEDLE
The insufflation/access needle used to establish pneumoperitoneum is a 14 gauge stainless steel needle with a hub near the proximal end for interface with the radially expandable sleeve. There is a spring loaded blunt stylet inside the needle and extending beyond the tip of the needle. The stylet retracts as the needle is pushed against tissue and automatically advances after the cavity has been penetrated. A stopcock at the proximal end of the needle controls flow of insufflation gas. The same insufflation/access needle is reusable with additional VersaStep™ Plus radially expandable sleeves for all access ports during one patient procedure (be sure to check needle function between uses).