has received approval to market its “Spider Surgical System” in the Europe Union.

The decision, which the company announced Thursday, follows approval in the U.S.

TransEnterix, a venture-backed firm that has raised more than $70 million in backing, launched the minimally invasive Spider system in March.

A year ago, TransEnterix raised $55 million in funding. Among the investors is Durham-based Intersouth Partners.

Surgeons utilize the Spider for abdominal surgery. A small incision is made in a patient’s belly button and the surgeon manipulates the device into position where it is opened like an umbrella.

TransEnterix noted that a surgeon in Austria recently used the Spider for two gallbladder operations as well as a procedure to repair a hernia and to perform a colorectal procedure.

Surgeons have also used the Spider system for kidney removal, to apply gastric bands and to treat colon cancer.

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