We’ve covered San Francisco surgical illumination specialist Invuity® before, with its novel illuminated spinal retractor system, first showcased at AAOS last year.
Surgical illumination company Invuity tells us its portfolio of surgical illumination and visualization devices was selected for showcasing at this week’s Novation Innovative Technology Expo. Novation is a leading healthcare supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company. This event follows last week’s Anterior Hip Course of the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR), where Invuity’s Eigr™ Saber Waveguide with Yankauer was featured in all cadaveric lab stations and in two live anterior hip arthroplasty surgeries.
Invuity develops advanced medical devices which it says dramatically improve access and visualization in minimally invasive and minimal access surgeries. The company’s products incorporate its proprietary Eigr™ Illumination Technology into sophisticated handheld illumination devices and access systems for a variety of surgical specialties including spine, orthopedics, breast and thyroid oncology and plastic surgery.
The clever bit is the way Invuity has used its technology to shape illumination within the operative space. It broadly projects thermally cool, brilliant, white light to uniformly illuminate deep surgical cavities, providing unsurpassed visualization while virtually eliminating shadows, glare and thermal hazards.
Invuity’s Eigr™ Saber Waveguide with Yankauer device is a handheld illuminator that projects cool, bright white light uniformly throughout the surgical cavity, with the added benefit of a traditional Yankauer suction platform. The company claims it significantly improves visualization during anterior hip arthoplasty, especially when working on and around the acetabulum and femoral canal. As such it is an enabling technology for the increasingly popular anterior approach which uses smaller incisions, making visualization challenging when using headlights and traditional surgical lighting.
The ICJR 2nd Annual Anterior Hip Course was held September 26 to 28 at the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE) in Houston, TX. It offered a comprehensive education on the surgical and patient processes associated with the anterior hip approach, from patient selection through patient recovery and follow-up, and featured a track for surgeons new to the anterior hip procedure, as well as one for those that were experienced.
Dr. Joseph T. Moskal, Professor, Department of Surgery at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, and ICJR Anterior Hip Course Co-Chairman said; “The Eigr Saber with Yankauer illuminates the entire surgical cavity and key anatomical landmarks, making proctoring this approach more effective and enabling me to perform the procedure more efficiently.”
As a further rubber stamp for its technology, Invuity has been awarded an Innovative Technology contract by Novation, the leading healthcare supply chain expertise, analytics and contracting company for the 65,000 members and affiliates of VHA Inc., UHC, Children’s Hospital Association and Provista LLC. The Innovative Technology contract is awarded to innovative technology that provides an incremental clinical benefit over existing products.
This week’s event, on October 2nd at the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas, Texas follows up on the contract award and provided an opportunity for the Invuity to present its devices to on-site clinical experts and health care providers and discuss the impact its products have on improving patient care and reducing risk to patients and caregivers.
“Just as hospitals strive to improve patient care and reduce risk via minimally invasive and minimal access surgeries, Invuity is advancing the standard of surgical illumination through its innovative Eigr Illumination Technology. Less invasive surgery becomes even more safe and efficient through substantially better visualization,” according to Olya Carter, senior clinical manager, Innovative Technology, Novation. “Novation is pleased to offer members access to this technology through agreement MS1850.”
“The relationship we began with Novation earlier this year has provided us access to thousands of U.S. hospitals, which has already led to increased adoption by academic medical centers, community hospitals and surgery centers nationwide,” said Invuity Chief Executive Officer Phillip Sawyer. “It also has allowed us to expand our product portfolio across multiple specialties within many of our top healthcare centers.”
Source: Invuity, Inc.