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The iData team is at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting, March 25-27 in Las Vegas. We look forward to seeing all the new innovations and discussions in the world of orthopedics from all the different manufacturers. At the show, Integrated Endoscopy Inc. will demonstrate the Nuvis™, the first ever single-use rigid HD arthroscope available in the U.S.
This announcement come on the heels as patient awareness of highly infectious diseases and outbreaks are at an all-time high after recent high-profile bacterial outbreaks occurred from endoscope use.
“We’re excited to introduce the nuvis Single-Use Arthroscope to orthopedic surgeons,” said George Wright, president and CEO of Integrated Endoscopy. “Our discussions with orthopedic surgeons across the country underscore the importance of exceptional optical quality in a disposable endoscope. The nuvis Arthroscope is the first single-use rigid endoscope based on 21st century optical technology. Its excellent optics and improved safety provide first-time quality for every procedure, benefiting surgeons and patients alike.”
Wright adds that the affordable their single-use arthroscope compares competitively with reusable endoscopes once total cost of ownership is determined after the need for reprocessing between uses, scope damage, and repair costs, operating room downtime, and inventory logistical issues.
“Reusable arthroscopes get damaged and degraded in optical quality with use, handling, and reprocessing,” said Grady L. Jeter, M.D., founder of the Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine Clinic in San Jose, Calif. “In fact, surgeons rarely have the opportunity to use a brand new arthroscope. As a result, the availability of an affordable single-use arthroscope is a major advance both in terms of optical quality and patient safety. Surgeons now can have first-time optical quality for every arthroscopy procedure, surgical staff will no longer be burdened with reprocessing the scopes, and patients can be assured of a sterile scope free of the potential for infection transmission.”
Integrated Endoscopy recently received clearance from the FDA for their product and is currently ramping up arthroscope production. The Nuvis™ should be available in the U.S. by the third quarter of 2015.
Arthroscopic Surgery Market
According to recent market research reports, approximately 8.3 million arthroscopic procedures were performed in 2013 in the United States and Europe. That number is expected to grow to more than 10.8 million procedures annually by 2017. Orthopedic surgery is the fastest growing endoscopic surgery segment, with a projected compound annual growth rate in the United States and Europe of about 9.2 percent between 2011 and 2016.
About Integrated Endoscopy
Integrated Endoscopy is a pioneer in the development of high-quality, low-cost single-use rigid endoscopes. The company’s intellectual property portfolio includes nearly 20 issued patents in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Canada covering the lens system design, LED lighting systems in a rigid endoscope, and high-quality molded glass lenses that are at the core of its cutting-edge devices. This strong patent position makes Integrated Endoscopy uniquely positioned to be the market leader and sole provider of high-quality, low-cost single-use rigid endoscopes. Privately held since its formation in 1996, Integrated Endoscopy’s headquarters and manufacturing are based in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. For more information, visit www.iescope.com.
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