At the Digestive Disease Week event in Chicago this week, Olympus is releasing a few endoscopic devices including the SB Knife monopolar ESD (Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection) knife and two new sphincterotomes, the CleverCut3V Distal Wireguided Oblique Tip and the CleverCut3V Distal Wireguided Short Bend Tip.
The SB Knife is designed to remove early gastric cancers that have yet to penetrate into the muscle layer. The “SB” in the name of the device stands for “stag beetle,” as the tool’s pincers resemble those of the said beetle. It allows for removal of lesions as one mass without having to break them up in pieces, potentially helping to avoid open surgery in certain patients.
Sphincterotomes are used to open the biliary sphincter to allow for easier access for instruments and devices during ERCPs and other procedures such as bile duct stone removal and placement of stents. According to Olympus, “the CleverCut3V Distal Wireguided Oblique Tip device has been designed to align the axis of the sphincterotome to the bile duct and improve cannulation success while reducing unintended pancreatic duct manipulation. The CleverCut3V Distal Wireguided Short Bend Tip sphincterotome has been designed to provide a closer approach to the papilla and allow for cannulation while in a sub-optimal scope position.”