Alcon launches two new vitrectomy technologies to help improve patient care
Aug 11, 2014
Company introduces US retina specialists to ULTRAVIT® High Speed Vitrectomy Probe and portfolio of 27+® series instruments and accessories
FORT WORTH, Texas, August 9, 2014 – Alcon, the global leader in eye care, introduced two vitrectomy technologies today designed to help surgeons deliver a higher level of precision and efficiency during retina surgery. The devices were unveiled at the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) 32nd Annual Meeting in San Diego.
The ULTRAVIT® High Speed Vitrectomy Probe operates at an ultrahigh-speed of 7,500cpm. This increased speed helps reduce traction that can cause iatrogenic tears and post-operative complications.1,2,3 ULTRAVIT® also features a dual-pneumatic drive that helps enable efficient flow and precise shearing, even at higher cut rates.4,5 This dual-pneumatic drive technology, in conjunction with CONSTELLATION® duty cycle control, supports surgeons as they perform a wide range of maneuvers addressing multiple pathologies.
“Having worked with the original ULTRAVIT® at 5,000cpm and now with ULTRAVIT® High Speed, I notice the reduced traction of the cutter probe. That is ultimately better for my patients.” said Dr. Pravin Dugel, a retinal specialist with Retinal Consultants of Arizona in Phoenix.
Alcon also introduced a new portfolio of 27+® series instruments and accessories. The 27+® series is designed to allow surgeons to reduce incision size, and more importantly, helps provide access to small tissue planes with a stiffness experience similar to 25+® instrumentation.6,7,8
“I am pleased to see the entire portfolio of 27+® instruments which will enable me to tackle any pathology,” said Dr. Dugel. “The 27+® series offers me more surgical precision and works well with the new ULTRAVIT® probe as a multi-function tool.”
The ULTRAVIT® High Speed Vitrectomy Probe and portfolio of 27+® series instruments and accessories are now available in the US. For more information about the complete portfolio of Alcon surgical retina products, visit www.myalcon.com.
About Alcon Alcon, the global leader in eye care, provides innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people worldwide see better. The three Alcon businesses - Surgical, Pharmaceutical and Vision Care - offer the widest spectrum of eye care products in the world. Alcon is the second largest division of the Novartis Group, with pro-forma sales of USD 10.5 billion in 2013. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, Alcon has more than 25,000 employees worldwide, operations in 75 countries and products available in 180 markets. For more information, visit www.alcon.com.
References 1. Teixeira, et al. An experimental protocol of the model to quantify traction applied to the retina by vitreous cutters. IOVS. 2010 Aug:51(8):4181-4186 2. Hubschman, et al. 20-, 23-, and 25-gauge vitreous cutters performance and characteristics evaluation. Retina. 2008 Feb:28(2):249-57. 3. Rizzo S; et al. Comparative study of the standard 25-gauge vitrectomy system vs. the new ultra-high-speed vitrectomy system. Retina Today. September Insert, 2010. 4. Riemann, C, et al. Vitreous cutter velocities: dual pneumatic drive vs. single pneumatic drive with spring return probes. ASCRS Poster Presentation, 2011. 5. Novack, Zhou J, Abulon D, Buboltz D. Relationship of duty cycle vs. cut rates for the commercially available vitrectomy systems. ASRS Poster Presentation, 2010. 6. Avery R. Single surgeon experience with an enhanced 25+ vitrectomy probe/entry system. ASRS Poster Presentation, 2009. 7. Data on file, Alcon Laboratories, Inc. DHF 430 Verification Report 2.080.B Revision 02. 8. Dugel PU, Abulon DJ, Dimalanta R. Tissue attraction laboratory comparison of 7500 CPM Dual-Pneumatic Vitrectomy Probes. Poster Presentation, 2014.
MIVS Important Product Information
Caution: Federal law restricts this device to sale by, or on the order of, a physician.
Indications for Use: The CONSTELLATION® Vision System is an ophthalmic microsurgical system that is indicated for both anterior segment (i.e., phacoemulsification and removal of cataracts) and posterior segment (i.e., vitreoretinal) ophthalmic surgery.
The ULTRAVIT® Vitrectomy Probe is indicated for vitreous cutting and aspiration, membrane cutting and aspiration, dissection of tissue and lens removal. The valved entry system is indicated for scleral incision, canulae for posterior instrument access and venting of valved cannulae. The infusion cannula is indicated for posterior segment infusion of liquid or gas.
Warnings and Precautions: · The infusion cannula is contraindicated for use of oil infusion. · Attach only Alcon supplied products to console and cassette luer fittings. Improper usage or assembly could result in a potentially hazardous condition for the patient. Mismatch of surgical components and use of settings not specifically adjusted for a particular combination of surgical components may affect system performance and create a patient hazard. Do not connect surgical components to the patient's intravenous connections. · Each surgical equipment/component combination may require specific surgical setting adjustments. Ensure that appropriate system settings are used with each product combination. Prior to initial use, contact your Alcon sales representative for in-service information. · Care should be taken when inserting sharp instruments through the valve of the Valved Trocar Cannula. Cutting instrument such as vitreous cutters should not be actuated during insertion or removal to avoid cutting the valve membrane. Use the Valved Cannula Vent to vent fluids or gases as needed during injection of viscous oils or heavy liquids. · Visually confirm that adequate air and liquid infusion flow occurs prior to attachment of infusion cannula to the eye. · Ensure proper placement of trocar cannulas to prevent sub-retinal infusion. · Leaking sclerotomies may lead to post operative hypotony. · Vitreous traction has been known to create retinal tears and retinal detachments. · Minimize light intensity and duration of exposure to the retina to reduce the risk of retinal photic injury.
ATTENTION: Please refer to the CONSTELLATION® Vision System Operators Manual for a complete listing of indications, warnings and precautions.
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