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A Bright Spark in Pediatric Surgery: The Digitimer DS7AP and the Future of PSARP



Digitimer DS7AP
Digitimer DS7AP

For decades, pediatric surgeons performing the delicate PSARP procedure (posterior sagittal anorectoplasty) to repair anorectal malformations in children relied on a single trusted tool: the "Peña stimulator." Pioneered by Dr. Alberto Peña himself in the 1980s, this electric stimulator allowed surgeons to precisely locate the vital striated muscle structures needed for successful reconstruction.


But time, as it tends to do, marched on. The Peña stimulator reached its twilight years, production ceased, and support dwindled. An unsettling reality began to dawn: what would happen when these aging workhorses finally faltered?


Enter the Digitimer DS7AP, a beacon of hope and innovation in the world of PSARP. This new muscle-locating stimulator is specifically designed to fill the void left by the retiring Peña device. But the DS7AP isn't just a replacement; it's a significant leap forward.

Here's why the DS7AP is lighting up the pediatric surgery landscape:


  • FDA Cleared and Widely Adopted: The DS7AP has earned the prestigious FDA stamp of approval, ensuring its safety and efficacy for use in the USA. Already, over 120 children's hospitals across the country and countless more around the world, including Dr. Peña's Children's Hospital of Colorado, have embraced the DS7AP.

  • Enhanced Precision and Control: The DS7AP delivers a precise constant current stimulus with adjustable amplitude and pulse duration, allowing surgeons to tailor the stimulation to each individual patient. This translates to even greater accuracy in locating those crucial muscle bundles.

  • Safe and Reliable: Built with cutting-edge technology and rigorous quality standards, the DS7AP prioritizes patient safety. Its isolated output circuit and compliance voltage safeguard against unintended electrical mishaps, while its intuitive design and simple (optional) foot pedal control ensures ease of use even in the most demanding surgical settings.

  • Peace of Mind for Surgeons: With the Peña stimulator fading into the past, the DS7AP offers pediatric surgeons the peace of mind they deserve. No longer do they need to worry about malfunctioning equipment or dwindling support. The DS7AP is a reliable partner they can trust, procedure after procedure.


The Digitimer DS7AP is more than just a medical device; it's a testament to the unwavering dedication of those who strive for better outcomes for children facing complex challenges. It's a bright spark in the field of pediatric surgery, paving the way for a future where PSARP procedures are even more successful, offering hope and a brighter future for every child affected by anorectal malformations.


This is just the beginning of the DS7AP's story. As more surgeons experience its capabilities and witness its positive impact on their patients, expect to see it become the gold standard for PSARP procedures around the world. The future of anorectal malformation repair is in safe hands, with a little help from a spark of innovation.


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