AN EVOLUTION IN HOLMIUM LASER ENGINEERING OPTIMIZING PERFORMANCE AND CONTROL
Surgical Lasers Inc. (SLI) further solidified its mission of introducing innovative, practical, clinically effective yet minimally invasive laser technology to the market, with the official launch of the new HYPHO holmium laser technology at the American Urological Association (AUA) 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. Proprietary engineering differentiates this compact technological innovation which delivers control and performance specifications consistent with much larger, higher power devices requiring 220/240 VAC power.
The addition of the new HYPHO holmium laser to the SLI product family is consistent with a corporate commitment to continuous improvement initiatives with a focus on introducing the market to practical alternatives to existing legacy systems. Technological breakthroughs from the HYPHO’s intelligent engineering optimize both performance and control.
The HYPHO is an affordable, compact (<53kg) holmium laser which runs on 115V power and redefines the performance capabilities of a compact holmium laser with the highest output energy (joules) of any holmium laser in its class. Furthermore, the HYPHO delivers the longest pulse duration of any holmium laser on the market today, which maximizes control and minimizes retropulsion and inadvertent stone migration, of particular importance when working on calculi in the kidney and upper ureter.
The unparalleled (industry’s longest) pulse duration of the new HYPHO laser is also indicated to facilitate the more controlled process of stone ablation referred to as ‘dusting’, with longer pulse durations producing a greater photo-thermal effect on the target tissue. Also referred to as ‘long fragmentation’, combinations of long pulse duration and variable frequencies facilitates the ability to ablate or ‘dust’ away smaller particles from the perimeter of calculi in the absence of mobility, a key differentiator of this technology vs. other compact < 35 watt holmium lasers.
Traditionally facilitated with higher powered (220/240V) holmium lasers requiring higher frequencies, the ability to deliver similar performance using this innovative compact, 115V, 35 watt laser provides the market with a credible, viable alternative for the most current laser lithotripsy techniques.
Finally, longer pulse durations provide further benefit in improving coagulation in holmium laser soft tissue surgery and maintaining the integrity of the fiber(s), further enhancing performance and protecting the investment in consumables. The HYPHO holmium laser works with various SLI manufactured fiber sizes ranging from 200 – 1000µm.
In parallel with the US launch of the HYPHO, SLI looks forward to the feedback from scheduled upcoming product evaluations with leading international experts and opinion leaders experienced in the latest innovations in high-performance holmium laser systems for fragmentation as well as stone dusting.
 Impact of pulse duration on Ho:YAG laser lithotripsy: fragmentation and dusting performance
Markus J. Bader · Thomas Pongratz · Wael Khoder · Christian G. Stief · Thomas Herrmann · Udo Nagele · Ronald Sroka Received: World J Urol (2015) 33:471–477 DOI 10.1007/s00345-014-1429-8 19 July 2014 / Accepted: 19 October 2014 / Published online: 4 November 2014 © The Author(s) 2014. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
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