Olympus offers complete instrument set for minimally invasive LESS
27 October 2009
Olympus has launched a complete
surgical instrument set specially tailored to laparo-endoscopic
single-site surgery (LESS Surgery).
Since LESS Surgery was first introduced in May 2007, it has led to a
surgical revolution. The advantages are evident: single-site access,
such as through the navel, means that LESS Surgery is practically
scar-free and can result in a decrease in discomfort caused by wound
Together with experts from the field, Olympus is now one of the first
providers in the world to have developed a set that supplies the entire
range of necessary equipment. All instruments are specially tailored for
operations using single-site access and significantly simplify
adaptation of the new method.
Access through the navel is made using a TriPort or QuadPort, through
which up to three hand instruments can be simultaneously guided. The
single-access tailored HiQ LS hand instruments have a double angulation
and their curved shaft design not only makes optimum use of the limited
space, but also means that they are used in a similar way to standard
laparoscopies: the right hand remains on the right side during operation
and vice versa. With the instruments previously used for LESS Surgery,
doctors sometimes had to work mirror-inverted.
Olympus instruments for LESS surgery
An Olympus TriPort for LESS surgery
“Using the new instruments, operations are truly minimally invasive,”
says Professor Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg from the University of Leipzig.
“LESS Surgery is suitable for practically all laparoscopic procedures
and already shows great potential for the future.”
The new videolaparoscopes EndoEYE LS and LTF-VP transfer the
advantages of the successful Olympus laparoscopes to the new operating
method. The EndoEYE LS handle can be turned by up to 70° and therefore
does not interfere with use of the hand instruments.
“As a world market leader in the area of high-quality endoscopic
systems, we offer the ports, hand instruments and the optics needed for
the essential minimally invasive surgery sector all from one source,”
explains Heinz Jacqui, Executive Managing Director at Olympus Winter &
Ibe. “Olympus can capitalise on this to strengthen and build up its
position as technology leader in the minimally invasive surgery sector.”
For clinics, this process also offers advantages: with similar
operating costs to comparable surgical methods, we expect that hospitals
will be able to cut costs due to the decrease in the risk of
post-operative wound infections.