Alshemari Instruments, a small company out of Charlotte, North Carolina, is releasing its sole product, the Alshemari Needle Driver. Unlike other needle drivers, the device holds the needle perpendicular to its length, allowing a more comfortable approach in situations where traditional drivers are not as appropriate and using vertical, as opposed to elliptical, motions to tie sutures. The needle is held using a patented lever clamp mechanism to guarantee a firm grip.
“I first came up with the concept for my needle driver device in the OR while applying sutures in the mouth of a patient,” says Dr. Hasan Alshemari, inventor of the needle driver. “As physicians, we have to be nimble in tight spaces. I wanted to invent a device that would minimize hand twisting in order to ensure greater accuracy, precision and superior reach.”
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The needle driver is clamped in a position to function while the operator’s hand is in a neutral position, enabling less invasive procedures and reducing time wasted completing inaccessible sutures. While the Alshemari Needle Driver was conceived as an instrument for general ENT procedures, reaching challenging sutures at the base of the tongue or the tonsillar pillar, it can also be used throughout the body. The needle automatically moves into an ideal position between two targets in a straight vertical rather than elliptical motion as in conventional needle drivers.
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