While the market for otolaryngology or ENT (ear, nose and throat) may not be expanding as fast other specialties, it is expected to see small gains over the next few years. This is mostly related to demographic factors and the adoption of advanced technologies such as Olympus’ newest offering, the Diego ELITE Multidebrider.
Announced on September 26, 2013, the Diego ELITE Multidebrider is Olympus’s second generation platform for use in minimally invasive ENT surgery and it joins the surgical platforms for ENT offered by Conmed Linvatec, Medtronic and Stryker. The Diego ELITE multidebrider is intended for cutting, coagulation, drilling, debriding and removal of bone and soft and hard tissue in general ENT, Sinus/Rhinology, Nasopharyngeal/Laryngology and head and neck procedures. The Diego Elite is the first system to offer both monopolar and bipolar energy blades as well as standard blades for a wide variety of surgical options. In clinical trials bipolar energy has been shown to reduce bleeding and shorten operating times by 12% which has potential benefits for both patients and hospitals.
The new system features a power console with touchscreen, footswitch, reusable motor module handpiece (MDU), image guided surgery compatibility, an optional powered suction pump, single use disposable accessories and interchangeable burrs/ blades and electrosurgical blades. The entire fluid pathway is contained in the disposable sections. The blades, burrs and tubesets are provided sterile for single use. The image guided surgery instrumentation allows the blades and burrs to be tracked in real time.
At MD Buyline, we see the largest volume of activity in the ENT space from Medtronic but as Olympus expands their product lines, it will be interesting to see how the Diego ELITE will influence this market space.