Stratos Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release System is an innovative all-in-one surgical device designed by Carbon Design Group. This medical device offers simple user interaction and empowers surgeons to restore patient dexterity. Do you know that there are millions of people affected by Carpal tunnel syndrome? It’s pretty painful and more often than not debilitating condition, the median nerve is compressed in the narrow canal between the bones of the wrist and the ligament at the base of the palm. Surgeons treat carpal tunnel syndrome by dividing this ligament to relieve pressure on the nerve.
A.M. Surgical advanced this procedure with the Clear Cannula, which allows a clear view of the surgical field while protecting structures including the median nerve. The A.M. Surgical scope-mounted blade further optimized the treatment.
Despite these advancements, the procedure as a whole was still cumbersome. Introducing the cannula required using a secondary tool to advance it into the carpal tunnel. This was done blindly and at times would require multiple attempts to correctly position the cannula within the tunnel. Furthermore, application of the scope-mounting blade onto the scope required the assistance of OR staff leading to increased steps and inefficiencies.
Solving these problems would create a faster, safer, and more effective surgery.
Carbon Design Group has come up with a new design to solve those issues, the final product has exceeded expectations. The concept device was prototyped and quickly tested, surgeons were also observed. This great approach allows the design team to solve any issue and come with great solutions. This medical device includes clear cannula and a handle that provides increased leverage and keeps scraper and blade poised for deployment. In this way, surgeons can reduce steps in surgery and increase efficiency.
The main key innovation of this procedure is once Stratos cannula is introduced to patient, Stratos/endoscope combination never leaves the body. It allows the cannula in the optimal position at all times. A paddle switch on the front section of the handle can be in one of three positions, Scraper, Scope, or Blade. Surgeon can simply pull the endoscope back and flip the switch to change the tools. The selected tool is deployed and the surgeon maintains a clear view while advancing the endoscope to scrape, cut, or view the ligament. The tool is automatically returned to the revolver when the endoscope is pulled back again. From insertion to exit, the surgeon has complete vision of the surgical field at all times.
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