Surgical smoke evacuation during robotic surgery

Surgical smoke evacuation during robotic surgery - Blog

One study identified the problems experienced by nurses and doctors as a result of exposure to surgical smoke, which included: headache (nurses: 48.9%, doctors: 58.3%), watering of the eyes (nurses: 40.0%, doctors: 41.7%), cough (nurses: 48.9%, doctors: 27.8%), as well as sore throat, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, sneezing, rhinitis, and foul odors absorbed in the hair[1]. Because of this, the importance of smoke evacuation is even more imperative for the health and safety of O.R. staff and patients.

The VISIMAX® Laparoscopic Smoke Evacuation System integrates easily with robotic surgical systems, effectively supplying high flow smoke clearance while adding to the efficiency of your O.R. workflow.

VISIMAX® automatically clears smoke without input, or constant monitoring, from the user, which is essential in robotic surgery. The surgeon is guiding the robotic controls, focused on the surgical technique for most of the procedure. For the staff, constantly having to adjust and monitor the smoke clearance device while remaining attentive to the robotic arms in motion adds unnecessary complications to the operation.

Other smoke evacuators may also require an additional special trocar to function, which presents an unnecessary port site since they are not compatible with robotic trocars. VISIMAX® integrates into the already existing robotic trocars without the need for any additional equipment, incisions, or port sites. Fewer port sites are almost always preferable whenever possible.





[1] “Alleviating the dangers of surgical smoke.” Quick Safety. The Joint Commission. Issue 56, Dec 2020.

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