Lumenis announced the newest addition to its women’s gynecological health products, the FemTouch and AcuPulse CO2 laser product family, at the 41st Annual International Urogynecological Association (IUGA) meeting taking place in South Africa through Aug. 6.
The AcuPulse CO2 laser family of products is an upgradable, all-inclusive platform designed to provide both precision and flexibility in minimally invasive laparoscopic and colposcopy procedures in inpatient and outpatient settings. The optimized control it provides in cutting, ablation and coagulation, with minimal impact on nearby tissue, can ably treat fertility and pain-related conditions, including endometriosis, adhesions, and uterine fibroids. Treatment with AcuPulse results in minimal thermal damage, preservation of valuable structures, and a general enhancement of a patient’s quality of life, the company states.
“Treating endometriosis lesions on critical intra-abdominal structures, such as the bowel, bladder, ureter and major blood vessels, can be quite challenging as one needs to avoid perforations and minimize risk of adhesion formation and other potential complications,” Ceana Nezhat, MD, FACOG, FACS, with the Nezhat Medical Center in Georgia, said in a press release. “Using CO2 laser fibers during laparoscopic procedures enables us to precisely target the desired treatment areas with markedly reduced thermal damage to surrounding tissues. This new AcuPulse CO2 technology is the wave of the future in minimally invasive gynecological surgery.”
FemTouch also addresses vaginal health-related conditions by remodeling the vaginal mucosal layer, leading to the restoration of the vaginal canal to pre-menopausal stage conditions. It is used in the office, and treatments shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete. According to the Lumenis release, patients may see positive results after two to four treatment sessions.
Scientists conducting the Citizen Endo research project at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City state that in order to study a disease, it is necessary to know what it looks like. With endometriosis, researchers say there are many ways the disease can present in patients, but there’s a disconnect between doctors thinking about the disease and what patients actually experience on a daily basis.
Bridging this gap is critical to advancing research on endometriosis, according to the Citizen Endo researchers, who are conducting a series of studies to better understand endometriosis from a patient’s perspective.