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Olympus System Allows Surgery Through Dime-Size Incision

Working with surgeons and Advanced Surgical Concepts (ASC), Olympus developed the components to conduct LESS procedures such as LESS Cholecystectomy (the surgical removal of the gallbladder), including an access port device manufactured by ASC, instrumentation and a flexible-tip laparoscope with imaging capabilities. These components have been designed to work together in performing single-site surgery.

Gallbladder surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S., with nearly 1 million conducted every year. Up until now, the surgery has been performed through four small incisions. Olympus’ system allows surgeons to perform the procedure through one 12-15 mm size incision using four instruments, rather than creating four separate incisions.

“Olympus was one of the first companies to pioneer the development of the LESS market,” said Richard Reynolds, Executive Vice President, Olympus America Inc. “We recognized early on that to be successful, we had to work closely with the surgical community and produce a solution that would allow surgeons to safely and effectively use this new approach.”

Single-site surgery is still in its infancy in the U.S.; however, a group of internationally recognized surgeons from the U.S., Europe and Asia recently published a white paper in the journal Surgical Endoscopy, describing a standardized methodology for LESS Cholecystectomy. This standardization aims to smooth the transition to LESS procedures for the surgical community.

“I have tried single-site surgery in my practice and found it achievable,” said Dr. Henry Davison Jr. of Princeton Surgical Associates, P.A., in Plainsboro, N.J. “I have started to use the standardized method and have found the procedure and my time commitment to be as manageable as my previous four-port technique. My practice has been building by word of mouth as a result of the LESS option, and most importantly, my patients are pleased with the results and minimization of scars. Also, the length of stay seems to be much shorter, with patients going home from the recovery room soon after surgery.”

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