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 News Release - October 5, 2006

Teleflex Medical's Dekna-lok(TM) Provides 'Clip-and-Go' Speed and Convenience During Time-Sensitive Surgery

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Teleflex Medical officially launched Dekna-lok, an innovative device that facilitates soft tissue approximation during open and laparoscopic surgery, during the 2006 World Congress of Endourology.

The World Congress was held at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, on August 16-20. Dekna-lok was featured during a full-day event workshop attended by more than 40 surgeons.

Developed as a prepackaged device, Dekna-lok combines pre-measured Deknatel® suture, two Weck® Hem-o-lok® large non-absorbable polymer components, and a Teleflex Medical needle. The device is used to facilitate tissue approximation during open and laparoscopic surgery. During the suturing procedure, the needle and suture are pulled through the patient's tissue until the polymer components attached near the proximal end of the knotted suture are flush with the tissue. The components act as a buttress to prevent the knot from pulling through the tissue.

Dekna-lok's preassembled, sterile, "clip-and-go" convenience helps shave costly minutes in the operating room by eliminating the need for the surgeon to build the devices prior to surgery. Should additional unplanned devices be needed, urgent assembly and the related procedural delay are eliminated with the product's convenient, sterile, single unit packaging.

Deknatel is a well-known pioneer in the cardiovascular specialty suture arena and the Weck Hem-o-lok polymer clip is used worldwide for fast, secure vessel ligation. Dekna-lok combines these in a preassembled format that replaces suture tying with clip-and-go convenience.

According to Jens Boy, vice president and general manager of Teleflex Medical's Surgical Products Division, Dekna-lok is "a prime example of the innovative surgical solutions Teleflex Medical brings to the market when it works directly with healthcare professionals."

For more information regarding Dekna-lok, Deknatel suture, or the complete Hem-o-lok ligation product line, contact Teleflex Medical Customer Service at (866) 246-6990 or visit

About Teleflex Medical

Teleflex Medical, a division of Teleflex Incorporated, is a global supplier of disposable medical products, surgical instruments and medical devices. The division comprises three business units: Surgical, Medical and OEM Specialty Products. Teleflex Medical markets health care supplies under the Hudson® and Rusch® brand names and surgical instruments and medical devices under the Pilling®, Weck®, Pleur-evac®, Deknatel® and KMedic® brands. In 2005, Teleflex Medical had revenues of $831 million.

About Teleflex Incorporated

Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE:TFX ) is a diversified company with revenues in 2005 of $2.5 billion. Teleflex designs, manufacturers and distributes quality-engineered products and services for the automotive, medical, aerospace, marine, and industrial markets worldwide. Headquartered in Limerick, Pa., with operations in 24 countries, Teleflex employs more than 20,000 people worldwide who focus on providing innovative solutions for customers. Additional information about Teleflex can be obtained from the company's website on the internet at


For further information, contact Renee Bryan, senior director of marketing and strategic growth, Teleflex Medical, at (919) 361-4132 or by email at

Source: Teleflex Medical

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