When it comes to surgery, the choices a surgeon makes when it comes to their tools can be critically important for the health and well-being of the patients in their care. Just ask Larry Fuller, of Waxahachie Texas….

Larry has Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma, one of the absolute worst kinds of cancer a person can have. Larry was diagnosed with cancer two and a half years ago. Since that time he has undergone 17 blood transfusions, 4 bowel section removals and countless other procedures directly related to cancer.

‘I had a bowel reconstruction that caused me all kinds of issues. I was bleeding out and it required me to undergo extensive blood transfusions. The surgeon on that one used a traditional scalpel, and six weeks post-op I was still having to take Hydrocodone just to be able to get to sleep the pain was so bad’ he explains.

Because of issues he experienced with the first surgery, Larry had to undergo an additional surgery to repair the damage caused by the first reconstruction. ‘The surgeon on my second surgery opted for the PlasmaBlade and the results were like night and day.’

During the second surgery, which was performed by a different surgeon than the first procedure, the doctor had to make a much larger incision, took all Larry’s bowels out, only to find Larry had other tumors, in addition to the necessary repairs to the first procedure, which required yet another bowel reconstruction. Larry was hunting in the Rocky Mountains two weeks post-op.

‘I am convinced that the reason I was able to recover so quickly was the direct result of the second surgeon’s use of the PlasmaBlade’ explains Larry. ‘There is no other explanation. A far more involved surgery was the only difference. That and the surgeon used the PlasmaBlade.’

For decades, surgeons have relied on scalpels to cut skin and delicate tissues and have used high temperature electrosurgical devices to cut and coagulate thicker, tougher tissues like fat and muscle. Although scalpels precisely cut tissue, they do not control bleeding. Electrosurgical devices, on the other hand, can cut tissue and control bleeding but cause extensive thermal damage to surrounding tissue. In some cases, surgeons must switch back and forth between a traditional scalpel for cutting and an electrosurgical device for coagulation.

With the PlasmaBlade, surgeons can cut tissue with the same exacting control as a scalpel but with the bleeding control of traditional electrosurgery built right into a single instrument. Utilizing the PlasmaBlade’s pulsed plasma technology, it is able to operate at an average temperature that is half that of a traditional electrosurgery device, which results in significantly less damage to surrounding tissues. This is important for patients because it leads to significantly improved surgical incision healing, with reduced scarring, inflammation, and post op pain, and may reduce surgical site infections. The operating room is also safer for everyone involved because there is no danger of sharp sticks and the extensive risk reduction when it comes to the OR being contaminated by pathogen and carcinogens.

The PlasmaBlade has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in general surgery, as well as in plastic and reconstructive, ENT (ear, nose and throat), gynecologic, orthopedic, arthroscopic, spinal and neurological surgical procedures. Since FDA clearance in July 2008, surgeons in the United States have used the PlasmaBlade in over 15,000 surgical procedures.

Mr. Fuller is available for interviews about his experience. Peak Surgical was recently acquired by Medtronic.#####


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