THUNDERBEAT Unique Hybrid Technology

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Explore the unique THUNDERBEAT Portfolio –Next generation of Safety and Speed

Olympus aims to provide innovative energy solutions delivering surgical safety and instrument versatility for efficient and streamlined operations with optimal patient outcomes.

THUNDERBEAT is the world’s first and only advanced energy system that delivers two well-established forms of energy to a tissue simultaneously:

  • Ultrasonic energy for superior dissection and fast cutting
  • Advanced bipolar energy for secure hemostasis and sealing of vessels up to and including 7 mm in diameter

New THUNDERBEAT TYPE S with Intelligent Tissue Monitoring

With the introduction of the new generation THUNDERBEAT Type S, the unique concept of hybrid energy technology is raised to the next level.

With the development of the innovative Type S coating and the revolutionary safety system Intelligent Tissue Monitoring (ITM), Olympus successfully achieved an improvement to the temperature profile of the instrument by 26.9%1.

This new concept of optimal temperature control enables a targeted and efficient application of energy that enhances the safety and speed of operation.

1Data on file, Olympus Cooperation

Procedural Thunderbeat Benefits in Urology Procedures

Prostatectomy

THUNDERBEAT Supports You in Various Steps in Prostatectomy:

  • Simultaneous SEAL & CUT provides a quick and secure freeing of the prostate
  • Facilitated prevention of posterior bladder due to less bleeding and better vision
  • Controlled preparation of all vessels around the prostate
  • The very good hemostatic ability is highly beneficial during separation of seminal vesicles from the rectum (lots of small vessels here)

(Partial) Nephrectomy

THUNDERBEAT Can Support You in Various Steps in Radical and Partial Nephrectomy:

  • Precise dissection capability and grasping force helps to identify and mobilize the kidney
  • Prompt sealing and cutting of new vessels linked to renal cancer with only THUNDERBEAT
  • For partial nephrectomy, THUNDERBEAT’s effective SEAL & CUT means having one hand free and enables usage together with clips or a sucker

Advanced Features and Benefits

Intelligent Tissue Monitoring

The revolutionary safety system is the world’s first and only auto-stop function for ultrasound-driven technologies:

  • Significantly reducing the residual temperature of the ultrasonic probe
  • Allowing faster and more streamlined surgery
  • Enhancing instrument durability

Primary Hemostasis and Secure Vessel Sealing

Using the combined energy types of the THUNDERBEAT SEAL & CUT mode simultaneously allows for safe coagulation and fast tissue transection. Fewer vessel-ligation steps are required due to the ability of pre-coagulation as well as due to the secure cutting and sealing of 7 mm vessels.

Secondary Hemostasis

The THUNDERBEAT SEAL mode without simultaneous cutting allows for:

  • Immediate sealing of secondary bleeding
  • Control of oozing bleeding by spot coagulation
  • Pre-sealing of vessels through the precise application of advanced bipolar energy

Superior Dissection with Optimal Temperature Control

THUNDERBEAT allows for sharp and blunt dissection of the correct anatomic layers even in hard-to-reach places, such as deep pelvic areas. The new THUNDERBEAT Type S technology enables an accurately targeted application of energy close to vital structures, leading to a reduction in surrounding tissue damage by thermal spread.

Fastest-in-Class Tissue Cutting

The unique hybrid technology causes a synergy effect that leads to unprecedentedly fast tissue transection.

This fast performance with fewer disruptive instrument exchanges leads to a reduced operating times and allows surgeons to concentrate more on surgery over the whole length of the procedure.

All-in-One Versatility

The patented tip and ergonomic handle design make THUNDERBEAT a true multifunctional instrument:

  • Atraumatic grasping and uniform tissue compression
  • High tip-opening forces for blunt tissue manipulation
  • Fast and reliable hemostasis
  • Reduced mist generation for improved visibility

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Clinical Evidences

  1. 1.Safety and efficacy of new integrated bipolar and ultrasonic scissors compared to conventional laparoscopic 5-mm sealing and cutting instruments. Seehofer et al. Surg Endosc. 2012 Sep;26(9):2541-9. doi: 10.1007/s00464-012-2229-0. Epub 2012 Mar 24.
  2. 2.Pilot study of pulmonary arterial branch sealing using energy devices in an ex vivo model. Liberman et al. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Dec;148(6):3219-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.05.089. Epub 2014 Jul 19.
  3. 3.Ultrasonic, bipolar, and integrated energy devices: comparing heat spread in collateral tissues. Applewhite et al. J Surg Res. 2017 Jan;207:249-254. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2016.06.077. Epub 2016 Jul 5
  4. 4.Evaluation of the safety, efficacy, and versatility of a new surgical energy device (THUNDERBEAT) in comparison with Harmonic ACE, LigaSure V, and EnSeal devices in a porcine model. Milsom et al. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2012 May;22(4):378-86. doi: 10.1089/lap.2011.0420. Epub 2012 Feb 24.
  5. 5.A prospective trial evaluating the clinical performance of a novel surgical energy device in laparoscopic colon surgery. Milsom et al. Surg Endosc. 2015 May;29(5):1161-6. doi: 10.1007/s00464-014-3783-4. Epub 2014 Aug 27.
  6. 6.TransOral endoscopic UltraSonic Surgery (TOUSS): a preliminary report of a novel robotless alternative to TORS. Fernández et al. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Dec;272(12):3785-91. doi: 10.1007/s00405-014-3423-6. Epub 2014 Dec 16.
  7. 7.Evaluation of Vessel Sealing Performance Among Ultrasonic Devices in a Porcine Model. Tanaka et al. Surg Innov. 2015 Aug;22(4):338-43. doi: 10.1177/1553350615579730. Epub 2015 Apr 7.
  8. 8.Thermal injury of the recurrent laryngeal nerve by THUNDERBEAT during thyroid surgery: findings from continuous intraoperative neuromonitoring in a porcine model. Kwaket al. J Surg Res. 2016 Jan;200(1):177-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.06.066. Epub 2015 Jul 6.
  9. 9.Comparison of the harmonic focus and the thunderbeat for open thyroidectomy. Van Slycke et al. Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2016 Sep;401(6):851-9. doi: 10.1007/s00423-016-1448-6. Epub 2016 May 25.
  10. 10.Postoperative efficacy and safety of vessel sealing: an experimental study on carotid ateries of the pig. Berdah et al. Surg Endosc. (2012) 26(8):2388-2393

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