Invuity® Says New Eikon™ LT Illuminated Retractor System Offers Safer Illumination of Tight Spaces

It’s been a while since we heard from illuminated retractor company, Invuity, Inc., but they’ve just announced the introduction of the Eikon™ LT system which promises to enable minimally invasive and minimal access open surgeries, including breast oncology and reconstruction, thyroid oncology and general surgery.

Background

Invuity is expanding its portfolio of devices that improve intra-cavity illumination and visualization with Eikon LT. The system builds on the existing Eikon platform while integrating design enhancements that further enable surgical precision, efficiency and safety.

The company will be showcasing its new device at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress in Chicago.

So here’s the angle: Invuity says its next-generation Eikon LT platform addresses key safety priorities for hospitals and health systems, the increasing number of minimally invasive surgeries being accompanied by the attendant risk that electrosurgical devices can be potential sources of thermal burns and operating room fires. Invuity’s proprietary high performance polymeric material is 100 percent non-conductive, eliminating the risks related to overheating, and the potential for burns due to arcing from electrosurgical devices. Coupled with its proprietary thermally cool illumination, this means that Eikon LT virtually eliminates the known thermal hazards associated with traditional electrosurgical devices and fiberoptics.

Furthermore the company points out that it is 40% lighter than traditional retractors, thereby reducing fatigue and improving efficiency for surgeons operating through deep, dark cavities while using smaller incisions.

Physician comments

“The Eikon LT’s lightweight design and flexible blade enable me to operate more efficiently, and improve breast flap viability without the worry of burn injury,” said Sunny Mitchell, MD, Associate Chairperson of Surgery and Director of Women’s Health Services at Coney Island Hospital. “This type of innovation enables enhancements in surgical technique that improve patient safety and the overall patient experience.”

Company comments

“We’re continually looking for innovative ways to address real-world needs for healthcare providers and to drive clinical improvements in minimal access surgery,” said Paul Davison, Vice President of Research and Development at Invuity. “One way to do that is to provide thermally cool illumination and eliminate the potential for patient burns. We developed a proprietary reinforced polymer material for Eikon LT that is 100 percent non-conductive, improving safety in the operating room and further reducing the risk of burns caused by electrosurgical device arcing.”

Source: PR Newswire

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