The KatScope is a sterile single use device for both laparoscopic or/and thoracoscopic procedures
The SurgeryTech KatScope provides for safety and minimally invasive procedures with a simple and cost effective setup. These features, combined with maximum applicability, accessibility and flexibility, were the keywords in developing the KatScope.
The sterile, disposable KatScope developed by SurgeryTech is designed for a simple setup with a single-port technique that enables the surgeon to perform less complex diagnostic or therapeutic thoracoscopic and/or laparoscopic procedures such as salvage/suction, biopsies and talc administration. The sterile packaging prevents inaccurate and time consuming cleaning procedures and minimizes the risk of cross-contamination and hospital-acquired infections. Waiting time for repairs of damaged equipment is avoided.
Due to its ergonomic design, the Surgery-Tech KatScope promotes safe and accurate guidance of the scope throughout the pleural and/or abdominal cavity. The handle enables the surgeon to guide the scope in all directions. The tip of the scope has a bending feature as known from broncoscopes.
Minimal set up
The single port technique facilitates the use of Katscope for medical thoracoscopy or bedside laparoscopy with a minimal set up for less complicated thoracoscopic/laparoscopic procedures. In many cases the procedure can be performed in local angesia and/or sedation. The minimal set up is cost effective and less hospital personell is needed compared to traditional procedures. The portable video screen makes the system highly flexible and transportable.
The single-port technique facilitates the use of KatScope for medical thoracoscopy or bedside laparoscopy with a minimal setup for less complex thoracoscopic/laparoscopic procedures. In many cases, the procedure can be performed under local analgesia and/or sedation. The minimal setup is cost-effective and fewer hospital personell are needed compared to traditional procedures. The portable video screen makes the system highly flexible and portable.
Suction and Salvage
CO2 inflation is an option to improve inspection of the thoracic and/or abdominal cavity. The KatScope is applicable with known CO2 insufflation/exsufflation equipment.
Large biopsies of malignant, benign or infectious lesions can be performed. Larger biopsies can be performed due to the large working channel compared to regular endoscopic devices.
Pleural Talc Administration
In patients with pleural effusion, administration of talc slurry significantly increases the chance of pleuradesis compared to catheter indwelling alone, among patients with no substantial lung entrapment (1). Talc pleurodesis is a well-described procedure for benign and malignant pleurisy (2). A success rate of 78% by medical thoracoscopy and talc pleurodesis in malignant pleurisy has been documentated. Talc slurry can be effectively administered throughout the entire pleural cavity through the KatScope working channel.
Bedside laparoscopy can be performed for biopsies in suspected peritoneal carcinomatosis from gastrointestinal or ovarian cancer. In addition, diagnostic bedside laparoscopy can be indicated in the ICU in extremely ill patients. 55% of laparotomies among these patients can be avoided by performing bedside laparoscopy (3). A future possibility could be the combination of KatScope diagnostic laparoscopy and intraoperative indocyanine green fluorescence angiography for the early detection of intestinal ischemia not detectable by CT scan (4).