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The POWERSEAL devices are best-in-class advanced bipolar energy solutions providing consistent and strong tissue sealing, as well as dissection and grasping capabilities. With an ergonomic design, the POWERSEAL devices reduce the force needed to close the jaws and reduce the reach distances to the jaw lever, cut trigger, and shaft rotation wheel.

Olympus has announced the launch of the first devices in the new POWERSEAL family of advanced bipolar surgical energy products via a press release.

The release states:

The POWERSEAL 5mm Curved Jaw Tissue Sealer and Divider, Double-Action devices meet the highest standards of clinical performance for advanced bipolar surgical energy devices by delivering consistent sealing reliability in an ergonomic, multifunctional design that promotes procedural efficiency.

With the release of the POWERSEAL devices, Olympus is introducing a line of versatile advanced bipolar surgical energy devices that augment an extensive and differentiated surgical energy portfolio, which features the unique THUNDERBEAT hybrid energy devices and SONICBEAT ultrasonic dissectors. The POWERSEAL devices position Olympus competitively within the growing global market for advanced bipolar surgical energy devices, currently estimated at over $1.2B.[i]

The POWERSEAL devices provide surgeons with state-of-the-art sealing, dissection, and grasping capabilities in laparoscopic or open surgery while greatly reducing the force required by the surgeon to close the jaws. [ii] The POWERSEAL devices can be used in numerous forms of surgical intervention including general surgery and gynecological, colorectal, bariatric, urological, thoracic and vascular surgical procedures.

The POWERSEAL devices are single-use devices designed to optimize patient outcomes, with features including:

  • Strong and efficient sealing of vessels up to and including 7mm in less than 3 seconds, on average, with proven vessel burst pressure reliability of 3x systolic blood pressure (>99% confidence) [iii]
  • Reduced reach distances to device landmarks (jaw lever, cut trigger, shaft rotation wheel), when compared to the predicate device, and reduced squeeze force requirements for the jaw lever, which may reduce hand strain and make the devices easier to use, particularly for those with smaller hands
  • Multifunctional capabilities such as dissection via the curved and tapered, double-action jaw, which may reduce instrument exchanges during surgery
  • Minimal thermal spread with fast cool-down times and low exterior jaw temperatures, which can reduce risk of damage to adjacent tissue and structures [iv]

“Initial clinical experience has shown that the new 5mm POWERSEAL devices offer uniform tissue compression for consistently strong sealing,” said Justin A. Maykel, MD, Chief of colon and rectal surgery at UMass Memorial Health. “The product design makes the devices both intuitive and safe to use.”

“We are thrilled to expand our surgical energy product portfolio with best-in-class advanced bipolar energy solutions that were designed with surgeons’ needs and clinical outcomes as the primary drivers,” said Phil Roy, Global Vice President and General Manager for Surgical Devices in the Therapeutic Solutions Division of Olympus Corporation. “These POWERSEAL devices were developed with a core requirement of zero compromise in meeting our goals of strength, efficiency and physician comfort. Testing showed we exceeded our goals across the key measures of surgical energy device performance such as sealing speed, reliability and thermal profile, all while delivering a superior user experience.” [v]

As outlined in the Instructions for Use, reusing or re-sterilizing the POWERSEAL devices can cause excessive wear and degradation of device performance as well as possible cross-contamination, which may potentially affect patient safety. Use of the POWERSEAL devices with non-Olympus generators may result in undesired tissue effect or injury to the patient or to the surgical team. The POWERSEAL devices should not be used in patients who have electronic implants without first consulting a cardiologist. Other risks are associated with lack of training, use with an energized endoscope that is not a Type CF applied part, use with a patient with vascular pathology and use at high current for long durations.

The Olympus Energy platform, made up of the ESG-400 and USG-400 electrosurgical generators, offers hospitals a complete energy solution for any operating room and powers the full range of Olympus Energy systems: monopolar, bipolar (HiQ, HICURA, PK and Everest devices), ultrasonic (SONICBEAT devices), hybrid energy (THUNDERBEAT devices) and advanced bipolar (POWERSEAL devices). By operating from one energy platform, hospitals can reduce capital expenditures while meeting the other goals of the Quadruple aim[vi], availing themselves of a range of surgical energy technologies that have been designed with both the patient and the physician in mind.

Advanced bipolar energy devices are distinguished from traditional bipolar energy devices through more efficient energy delivery, intuitive tissue monitoring, and uniform pressure applied to the tissue by the device jaws. These attributes enable Advanced Bipolar technologies to deliver more consistent and larger (7mm) vessel sealing than standard bipolar technology counterparts.[iii]

The POWERSEAL devices are regulatory approved for sale in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Australia at this time, and are actively under review in numerous other global markets.

For more information about POWERSEAL, please visit the website at medical.olympusamerica.com/products/powerseal.

 

[i] Global Market Forecast, Advanced Energy, 2021 – 2025. 2020 DRG Global Market Model; latest MedTech 360 Laparoscopic and Open Market Reports: US, EU, Asia Pac & Japan
[ii] Internal test report DN0046457
[iii] Internal test report DN0043135
[iv] Based on internal tissue testing with Histology reports – DN0044287, DN0044290
[v] Based on GLP Acute & Chronic animal studies reports – DN0044705, DN0044706
[vi] Bodenheimer T, Sinsky C. From triple to quadruple aim: care of the patient requires care of the provider. Ann Fam Med. 2014;12(6):573-576. doi:10.1370/afm.1713

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