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How Bipolar Forceps are transforming minimally invasive Surgeries

Minimally invasive surgeries (MIS) gain their moniker and clinical advantage by minimizing the size of the incision and the degree of surgical dissection required to reach their endpoint.

MIS surgeons must operate through small exposures, such as through a tube for spine surgery. The approach requires either endoscopic instruments or an operating microscope.

For these reasons, MIS surgery requires special training, skills, and instruments. Until now, surgeons working under these conditions had no choice but to interrupt surgery to find the bipolar forceps foot switch every time they needed to stop bleeding in the tiny surgical space.

Imagine this scenario: the MIS surgeon skillfully and efficiently achieves anatomic access but encounters hemorrhage deep in the operative field. So she reaches for the bipolar forceps, finds the bleeder with the tips of the forceps, and then spends precious operating room time searching the floor with her feet for the bipolar foot pedal. Unable to find the foot pedal, the surgeon steps back from the table to explore the floor under the table. Unable to see the foot pedal, she calls the nurse to crawl under the table to locate the foot pedal. The nurse does not wish to crawl on the floor but knows the patient is hemorrhaging. She does not waste time donning gloves and crawls under the table to move the foot pedal with her bare hands. The surgeon finally presses on the foot pedal and coagulates the bleeder. The nurse gets off the floor and begins handing items to the scrub nurse without first washing her hands.

With BiPAD® hand switching for bipolar forceps, the scenario is this: the surgeon reaches for the bipolar, finds the bleeder with the tips of the forceps, and squeezes the hand switch with a finger to coagulate the bleeder. Done.

BiPAD® is Bipolar Forceps II.

Use BiPAD® hand-switching for all of your cases.


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