by Dr. Louis G. Cornacchia, III
BiPAD® was born out of a difficult surgery in 2013. A young, morbidly obese patient required surgery for a grade I-II spondylolisthesis, but due to his size, the surgery took longer than usual. During the surgery, the bipolar foot pedal repeatedly fell off the foot stand, causing delays and forcing the nurse to crawl under the table to fix it. The surgeon realized that this was a common problem and decided to create a solution.
The following morning, the surgeon came up with the idea of mounting a hand switch on the forceps connector. He developed an early prototype and made over 60 iterations and design modifications over the next five years to ensure the device would work with any forceps, generator, and hand morphology.
The result was BiPAD®, a device that allows surgeons to control hemorrhage without having to stare down at the floor to find the bipolar forceps. Nurses and staff no longer have to crawl under the operating table to fix the foot pedal, reducing the risk of infections. Moreover, BiPAD® promotes the use of bipolar forceps electrosurgery over monopolar electrosurgery, which is less safe and efficient.
The surgeon spent years developing BiPAD® because he believed that nurses and staff should never have to crawl under the operating table, and surgeons should be able to achieve hemostasis safely and efficiently. BiPAD® continues to evolve, ensuring that it meets all clinical and business case requirements.