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Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. recently released the LCS-5 (LaparoSonic Coagulating Shears), a major enhancement to the line of Harmonic Scalpel products. This 5 mm version of the LCS gives surgeons the ability to cut, coagulate, grasp, and dissect using ultrasonic shears through much smaller incisions in the patient. The new instrument joins the other 5 mm and 10 mm (shaft diameter) products in the UltraCision or Harmonic Scalpel family that converts electrical energy into ultrasonic mechanical motion. It comes pre-assembled so that no blade assembly, adapter or alignment pin are needed. The device features a complete 360º rotating blade and clamp arm. This advanced ergonomic design allows the surgeon to approach the targeted tissue from any point and angle to optimize access and visibility.
The new LCS-5 device may be used for many videoscopic procedures such as treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease, laparoscopically-assisted hysterectomy, myomectomy and adhesiolysis. With this device, there is less collateral tissue damage, minimal risk of electrical injury to the patient and a clearer visual field since minimal smoke is generated, unlike with electrosurgical instruments. It can also lead to less scarring and a reduced risk of incision site herniation due to the use of 5mm trocars.
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