BIOLASE (Irvine, CA), maker of surgical systems that combine laser light and water jets to cut and ablate tissue, won FDA approval to offer its WaterLase iPlus for use on soft tissue during orthopedic and podiatric procedures. The company has been focusing on the dental market until now, and this is the first of their WaterLase systems to receive clearance for work outside the mouth.
The system delivers…
- 10 watts of power at up
- to 100 pulses/second, but the water delivered keeps the temperature low so that adjacent tissue isn’t damaged.
More from the press release:
The iPlus has been specifically cleared for incision, excision, resection, ablation, vaporization, coagulation and hemostasis, with or without an arthroscope, in contact and non-contact with tissue, in orthopedic and podiatric surgery, including soft and cartilaginous tissue in small and large joints.
Amado Carino, MD, Global Clinical Affairs Manager, said, “During the past several years, the use of lasers in orthopedic surgery has become more accepted as a less invasive alternative to conventional surgery and it has become clear that modern lasers will play a significant role in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Procedures can include debridement of both healthy and diseased tissue, soft tissue release, tendon transfer, incision, excision, coagulation and hemostasis, and nerve and vascular repair, both in the upper and lower extremities of the human body. These types of soft-tissue procedures are generally performed in an out-patient setting and with its revolutionary Er,Cr:YSGG laser technology, the WaterLase iPlus will provide an innovative and relevant alternative to orthopedic and podiatric surgeons.”
Product page: WaterLase iPlus…
Press release: First Non-Dental Clearance for the Flagship WaterLase iPlus