Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Marking Madness - April 2013 - Subscribe

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

Issue link: http://outpatientsurgery.uberflip.com/i/122240

Contents of this Issue


Page 103 of 157

OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:31 PM Page 104 O P H T H A L M O L O G Y ued the use of YAG lasers to perform vitreolysis. But the issue of vitreous strands and opacities remains, and patients want a solution. Indeed, a study found that many sufferers rate the disturbance caused by vitreous strands and opacities on the same level as colon cancer or age-related macular degeneration. To fill this market need, Ellex developed a YAG laser designed just for the posterior segment, for the purpose of visualizing and removing these debilitating opacities. But the Ultra-Q Reflex YAG laser can also be used in the anterior segment, so your facility gets expanded procedure capabiliCOMING SOON SLT and YAG Laser Combo T his summer, Ellex will launch the Tango SLT/YAG Combination System, for which it recently received FDA 510(k) marketing clearance. Featuring a patented, proprietary, dual-mode laser cavity, the Tango combines a full-featured selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) laser with a precise, powerful Nd:YAG laser for performing iridotomy — which can help surgeons better manage POAG and PACG. The physician can switch between SLT and YAG modes at the touch of a button. According to the company, the Tango is the world's fastest SLT laser, with a firing rate of 3 hertz. The device has been life-tested to deliver 400,000 shots. It seems to me the quicker firing rate could improve healing time and overall patient recovery. But remember that combination systems come with pros and cons. On the positive side, you've got only 1 laser unit, which decreases the need for valuable floor space and can reduce the amount you spend on maintenance. Surgeons love the convenience of being able to sit a patient down and do 2 procedures in 1 session. On the downside, if the unit goes down, you're out of luck for all procedures until it's fixed. — Lisa Waters, RN Tango SLT/YAG Ellex ellex.com/usa 1 0 4 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | A P R I L 2 013

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Outpatient Surgery Magazine - Marking Madness - April 2013 - Subscribe