Bovie J-Plasma Handpiece Greenlighted in U.S.

by GENE OSTROVSKY on Feb 7, 2012 • 3:33 pm

Bovie Medical received FDA clearance for its J-Plasma handpiece with retractable cutting feature for coagulating soft tissue during surgeries. It is available for both open and laparoscopic procedures.

The device is powered by a previously approved Bovie GS electrosurgical generator.

J-Plasma™ is formed by passing an inert gas, such as helium, over a sharp conductive point which is held at high voltage and high frequency, producing a luminous discharge beam. The sharp conductive point can also be in the form of a retractable surgical blade, providing multiple modes of operation in a single instrument. The extended surgical blade can be used for incisions and other cutting procedures, and when retracted, the blade is used to form the J-Plasma beam for coagulation. The extended blade can also be used in combination with the J-Plasma beam, providing an enhanced cutting capability with minimal impact on surrounding tissue.

The Company, assisted by leading surgeons, will introduce J-Plasma™ at selected hospital beta sites including several university teaching facilities, in preparation for a market launch later this year by its independent sales distribution network.


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