Wands Provide Surgeons with Accurate, Real-Time Temperature Measurements of Circulating Fluid During Surgeries
AUSTIN, Texas, Sep 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
ArthroCare Corp.’s Sports Medicine division announced this week the introduction of its complete Ambient(R) ArthroWand(R) Collection – a portfolio of radiofrequency devices designed to provide orthopedic surgeons with accurate, real-time temperature monitoring of the circulating fluid within the arthroscopic operative environment.
The Ambient Collection, now including the Ambient Super MultiVac(R) 50, the Ambient Super TurboVac(R) 90, the Ambient CoVac(R) 50 and the Ambient CoVac 70, are the first and only radiofrequency devices on the market designed to monitor the temperature of the circulating fluid in real-time. When paired together with ArthroCare’s Quantum(TM) 2 Controller System, the Ambient thermocouple technology allows surgeons to view current temperature measurements of the saline fluid in the shoulder and knee.
“The introduction of our complete Ambient Collection is a significant next step in the continuing growth and development of our ArthroWand family of products for shoulder and knee repair,” said Scott Schaffner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ArthroCare Sports Medicine. “We’ve now introduced reliable temperature monitoring to arthroscopic procedures. The Ambient collection is easy to use and the system provides surgeons with real-time information. It’s something we know many surgeons have been asking for and we’re excited to be able to deliver.”
Last October, Peter Millett, MD, of the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, published research in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery on temperature levels during arthroscopic procedures. Millett said, “…our research found that operative fluid temperatures during arthroscopic surgery depend on a number of variables, including flow rates. For me, the Ambient wand has become an integral tool for arthroscopic procedures, because it allows me to constantly verify that I’m operating within a desired thermal range. In today’s healthcare environment, Ambient wands provide me with additional information and an added level of comfort.”
The Ambient wands’ adjustable alarm set point allows the surgeon to set the alarm at the temperature he or she feels is appropriate. A visual and audible alarm feature provides direct feedback to the surgeon if the temperature reading reaches the user-selected alarm set point. The alarm feature acts as a reminder, encouraging the surgeon to check if adjustments should be made to flow or suction throughout the duration of the procedure. The Quantum 2 System Controller continually displays the real-time, operative environment temperature of the circulating fluid as measured by the Ambient wands.
Founded in 1993, ArthroCare Corporation (NASDAQ: ARTC) (www.arthrocare.com) is a highly innovative, multi-business medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets minimally invasive surgical products. With these products, ArthroCare targets a multi-billion dollar market opportunity across several medical specialties, significantly improving existing surgical procedures and enabling new, minimally invasive procedures. Many of ArthroCare’s products are based on its patented Coblation(R) technology, which uses low-temperature radiofrequency energy to gently and precisely dissolve rather than burn soft tissue – minimizing damage to healthy tissue. Used in more than four million surgeries worldwide, Coblation-based devices have been developed and marketed for sports medicine; spine/neurologic; ear, nose and throat (ENT); cosmetic; urologic and gynecologic procedures. ArthroCare also has added a number of novel technologies to its portfolio, including Opus Medical sports medicine, Parallax spine and Applied Therapeutics ENT products, to complement Coblation within key indications.
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