Designing Next Gen Surgical Energy Systems
Dan Friedrichs shares perils, pitfalls, and possibilities
There are more than 300 in-market devices that deliver radiofrequency, microwave, electric field, or ultrasonic energy for use in medicine or surgery. Clinical uses include ablation, surgical cutting and cautery, neuromodulation or denervation, tissue remodeling, vascular closure, and more. While the clinical applications are widely variable, one thing all these devices have in common is that their designs will eventually become dated, their parts obsolescence issues will accelerate, impacts of changing regulatory standards will become more severe, and user needs and preferences will evolve. These situations call for a product refresh.
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