Funding for this research was provided by:
Received: 8 June 2019
Accepted: 28 October 2019
First Online: 7 November 2019
Compliance with ethical standards
: Apart from the funding previously mentioned, Dr. AM Lacy is a consultant for Medtronic, Conmed Corporation, Olympus Medical, Touchstone International Medical Science Co. Ltd., Applied Medical, and Johnson & Johnson. Dr. de Lacy, Dr. Taurà, Dr. Arroyave, Dr. Trépanier, Mr. Ríos, Dr. Bravo, Dr. Ibarzabal, Dr. Pena and Dr. Deulofeu have no other conflicts of interest or financial ties to disclose.
: The Institutional Review Board of the Hospital Clinic approved this trial for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The University of Barcelona Committee on Ethics in Animal Experimentation and the Catalan Department of the Environment Commission on Animal Experimentation granted ethical approval for the study (Reg. 0006S/11367/2015).