Bausch + Lomb announced the launch of the FreeFlow infusion system for retina surgery and the 23-gauge Bi-Blade dual port vitrectomy cutter for the Stellaris Elite vision enhancement system.
The FreeFlow infusion system allows for higher level of infusion flow compared to previous generation infusion lines to support the efficient vitreous removal provided by the company’s Bi-Blade dual port vitrectomy cutters and Vitesse hypersonic vitrectomy system, both designed exclusively for use with the Stellaris Elite vision enhancement system.
“We developed the FreeFlow infusion system to provide surgeons with great control during their high flow vitrectomy procedures,” Chuck Hess, vice president and general manager, U.S. Surgical, Bausch + Lomb, said in a company news release. “The FreeFlow system was specifically designed to provide surgeons with a stable surgical environment with the advent of extremely efficient vitreous removal technology across all gauges. This unique technology is the latest example of our commitment to partnering with retina specialists to deliver meaningful innovation to the operating room.”
In the FreeFlow infusion system, the infusion line goes over the top of the trocar cannula rather than inside of it, significantly increasing the size of the inner lumen and allowing surgeons to increase in-flow by 40 percent. Unlike a traditional infusion line that extends vertically off the top of the cannula, this line extends at a 30-degree angle to the cannula, providing the surgeon better access to the eye with less torqueing to direct infusion more centrally.
Bausch + Lomb also announced the introduction of the 23-gauge Bi-Blade dual port vitrectomy cutter for the Stellaris Elite vision enhancement system. The new probe joins the available 25- and 27-gauge Bi-Blade cutters as options in the Bi-Blade portfolio. All Bi-Blade cutters double effective cut rates to increase flow and efficiency compared to single-port probes.
“Retina surgeons really appreciate the significant advantages that the Bi-Blade cutters offer,” Mr. Hess said. “Now surgeons who prefer the benefits of a 23-gauge probe can enjoy enhanced efficiency and stability that the recently introduced 25-gauge and 27-gauge Bi-Blade cutters offer to address a wide range of procedural needs.”
While single-port cutters cut only in the forward direction, Bi-Blade cutters’ dual-edge blade cuts in both the forward and backward directions, enabling two cuts per cycle. This innovative design used with the Stellaris Elite offers an effective 15,000 cuts per minute (cpm) rate, resulting in increased flow efficiency and control compared to prior generation guillotine cutters.
Both the FreeFlow infusion system and Bi-Blade dual port vitrectomy cutter will be featured at the Bausch + Lomb booth at the American Society of Retina Specialists meeting, July 26-30, 2019, in Chicago.