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Meeting the Needs of Today’s Surgeon with Multifunctional Devices

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Publication Date: 2013-Jun-20

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Abstract

The ability to simplify both surgical technique and device utilization has continued to be common motivation for medical device companies to develop new technologies. Additionally, in the medical sec-tor, innovation is critical to developing novel techniques or tools that reduce patient morbidity. However, this requires organizations to push boundaries and deliver highly effective devices that are not only relia-ble and have excellent performance but also ease the burden on the healthcare practice. Often though, challenges present obstacles for the design team and must be addressed immediately. Current institutions have strived to provide state of the art electrosurgical devices which address these motivations and sup-port both technique and physician. Nevertheless, as in any discipline, with an influx of technological ca-pabilities, the need for multifunctional instruments increases thus creating a race towards enhancement of current products. Similarly, in the medical field, as surgeons require greater versatility, designs must be modified to support additional features and be more portable and simpler to utilize. Current electrosurgical instruments have provided exceptional performance capabilities (i.e. he-mostasis, reliability, comfort) which meet many essential requirements. Nevertheless, these devices re-quire multiple components and assembly steps which increase procedure time and make device assembly more complex. Thus, reducing the number of components and assembly steps will not only decrease the duration of the procedure but also increase reliability and decrease the burden on the physician and pa-tient. The following article presents several concepts which address the design of a multifunctional instrument that has the capability of supporting both ultrasonic and radio frequency treatment. Specifically, concepts for combined transducer integration and free rotation of blade assembly with electrical continui-ty are illustrated and detailed. Ultimately, this approach would lead to more efficient and effective surgical procedures and would benefit both patient and physician.

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Meeting the Needs of Today's Surgeon with Multifunctional Devices: Facilitation of Ultrasonic and Radio Frequency Activation Through Integration of Components While Maintaining Free Rotation and Electrical Continuity.

     The ability to simplify both surgical technique and device utilization has continued to be common motivation for medical device companies to develop new technologies. Additionally, in the medical sec- tor, innovation is critical to developing novel techniques or tools that reduce patient morbidity. However, this requires organizations to push boundaries and deliver highly effective devices that are not only relia- ble and have excellent performance but also ease the burden on the healthcare practice. Often though, challenges present obstacles for the design team and must be addressed immediately. Current institutions have strived to provide state of the art electrosurgical devices which address these motivations and sup- port both technique and physician. Nevertheless, as in any discipline, with an influx of technological ca- pabilities, the need for multifunctional instruments increases thus creating a race towards enhancement of current products. Similarly, in the medical field, as surgeons require greater versatility, designs must be modified to support additional features and be more portable and simpler to utilize.

     Current electrosurgical instruments have provided exceptional performance capabilities (i.e. he- mostasis, reliability, comfort) which meet many essential requirements. Nevertheless, these devices re- quire multiple components and assembly steps which increase procedure time and make device assembly more complex. Thus, reducing the number of components and assembly steps will not only decrease the duration of the procedure but also increase reliability and decrease the burden on the physician and pa- tient. The following article presents several concepts which address the design of a multifunctional in- strument that has the capability of supporting both ultrasonic and radio frequency treatment. Specifically, concepts for combined transducer integration and free rotation of blade assembly with electrical continui- ty are illustrated and detailed. Ultimately, this approach would lead to more efficient and effective surgi- cal procedures and would benefit both patient and physician.

Introduction:

     It is in the best interest of an institution to deliver top of the line devices which exceed the needs of the healthcare practitioner. For example, many electrosurgical instruments provide multifunctional capabilities with excellent hemostasis, reliability, flexibility and ergonomics. Utilizing ultrasonic tech- nology, the device has the ability to perform multiple procedures: dissection, sealing and transaction, while maintaining hemostasis. Nevertheless, various surgical procedures may require multiple tools to achieve successful surgical outcomes. Specifically, surgeons often require tools for dissection,...