General surgeon Ariel Eyal, M.D. conducted a year long, clinical evaluation of Starion's TLS3 Thermal Ligating Shears to assess its performance during laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures. Eyal found the TLS3 minimized damage to the liver bed, eliminated the need for clips and scissors and improved efficiency in the OR.

Ariel Eyal, M.D., a general surgeon in private practice at Carstenhof Life Hospital and Sunninghill Netcare Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa, sought out a new solution for sealing and cutting during laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures. He conducted a clinical evaluation of Starion's TLS3 Thermal Ligating Shears to assess its performance, safety and efficiency.

Over the course of one year, Eyal performed 60 laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures with Starion's TLS3, using the technology to dissect the cystic duct, cystic artery and gallbladder.

" I used the TLS3 , two lap clinches, a Maryland dissector and very little else unless there was a complication," said Eyal. "The TLS3 completely changed the way that I performed the procedure."

Since the TLS3 uses direct heat and pressure to simultaneously seal and divide soft tissue, Eyal found that it minimized damage to the liver bed and eliminated the need for clips and scissors, reducing his procedure time to between 15 and 20 minutes.

"The evaluation yielded fantastic results," said Eyal. "The TLS3 is safe, reliable and has a very short learning curve. As a result, I was able to perform more cases per list, increasing both my own and the hospitals' profitability. It is a great improvement over previous technology and is now my instrument of choice for laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures."