For the first time a surgical laser is available for soft tissue surgery which unifies all advantageous properties of existing laser principles in a single unit:
- RevoLix combines the cutting and ablation advantages of the well known CO2 laser - but there is no need for an articulated mirror arm.
- RevoLix laser radiation achieves excellent haemostasis like the Nd:YAG laser - but there is no risk of deep tissue penetration.
- RevoLix tissue effect is shallow like the Holmium laser â€“ however there is no trauma. Cutting edges are smooth and clean. In open surgery there is no splattering.
- RevoLix laser radiation is delivered to the surgical site through flexible fibres - ideal for endoscopic, laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery.
Why Two Micron?
The RevoLix wavelength at 2.0 micron is almost identical to the well established Holmium laser. This wavelength is known for its suitability for resection and ablation, safe application in an aqueous medium and it generates excellent haemostasis. These excellent properties are due to the efficient absorption of Two Micron laser radiation by water which is ubiquitous in any tissue. At the RevoLix wavelength of 2.0 micron the absorption is 2.5 times stronger than at the Holmium wavelength providing even more precise cutting in soft tissue surgery.
Why Two Micron continuous wave?
In soft tissue surgery efficient and even cutting combined with strong haemostasis is required. This is provided by the RevoLix laser in an unmatched manner. The new RevoLix laser operates in a continuous wave mode and cuts and vaporizes circulated and white tissue without deep penetration, uncontrolled necrosis, generation of pressure waves or trauma to adjacent tissue and organs. Clean cuts and excellent haemostasis are achieved by moving the beam across the surgical site. Generous Two Micron laser power capacity allows high vaporization and resection rates at no bleeding and short theatre time.
What are the advantages of the new laser?
Cutting efficiency of soft tissue and haemostasis is superior to any known alternative. Tissue damage is restricted to less than 1 millimetre beneath the cut. RevoLix preserves excellent vision to the surgical site. There is no vision impairment due to bleeding, excessive bubble formation, tissue fragments or ruptured tissue. Unlike KTP the surgical situs is free of any visible laser glare. The colour neutral laser safety eyewear does not generate discolouration like KTP. Endoscope lenses remain free from splatter when used in open surgery or in laparoscopy.
Why is it safe?
In an aqueous medium the laser effect to tissue is restricted to less than 2 millimetres in front of the tip of the fibre. Any tissue further afield is shielded of by the medium. The same mechanism is protecting tissue and organs adjacent to the cut. Any tissue more distant than 2 millimetre is unaffected by the RevoLix laser. Opposed to KTP this property eliminates the risk of unintentional tissue damage during laser surgery.