In 2007, Jennifer Bock Hughes, M.D. switched from a combination of bipolar and monopolar electrosurgical devices to Starion's ENTceps™ to perform adult and pediatric tonsillectomies. The precision of Starion's ENTceps enables Bock Hughes to reduce post-operative bleeding and pain, while its portability and ease of use streamlines procedures.

Otolaryngologist Jennifer Bock Hughes, M.D. has treated patients in the San Francisco Bay area for 20 years. She currently serves as chief of the ENT division at Mills-Peninsula Hospitals, and holds active hospital privileges at the Mills-Peninsula Hospitals, Sequoia Hospital and the San Mateo County Hospital.

In an effort to provide comprehensive and compassionate care, Bock Hughes has consistently adopted the latest technology to perform a broad range of ENT procedures.

In 2007, Bock Hughes was using a combination of bipolar and monopolar electrosurgical devices to perform tonsillectomies but was dissatisfied with the results. Her primary concern was the well-being and comfort of her patients.

"I needed to find a new technology that would minimize post-operative pain and reduce post-operative bleeding," said Bock Hughes.

As a surgeon who practices in multiple locations, she was also seeking a solution that was portable, easy to set up and easy to use.

"Sometimes with the bipolar cautery, there would be a hassle factor involved in getting things arranged for a procedure," explained Bock Hughes.

The Safe, Precise and Convenient Solution
After meeting with a representative from Starion Instruments, Bock Hughes knew that she had found the solution.

Starion's ENTceps is specifically designed for procedures where fine precision, soft tissue sealing and dividing is required, such as tonsillectomy, parotidectomy, thyroidectomy and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Unlike conventional products employing monopolar, bipolar or ultrasonic energy, ENTceps features Starion's patented Tissue Welding technology, which uses direct heat and pressure to simultaneously seal and divide soft tissue, minimizing collateral damage.

"ENTceps is very precise, enabling me to seal and cut tissue in a meticulous fashion during a tonsillectomy. As a result, it's a fairly bloodless surgery," said Bock Hughes.

This precision translates into a variety of patient benefits. Most significantly, Bock Hughes notes that recovery is less traumatic, particularly for her pediatric patients. As a result, they require less pain medication.

"In addition, I've definitely seen a reduction in post-operative bleeding compared with other technologies," said Bock Hughes.

Starion's ENTceps simply plugs into the company's Universal Power Supply (UPS), a compact, three-pound reusable power source that can hang from an IV pole or sit on a tabletop. Bock Hughes reports that these features have been an asset to both her and her staff.

"Working in four different locations, it's wonderful to have something so portable, and the nurses like it because it's easy to set up and use," said Bock Hughes. "This saves times and makes it an economical solution."

Another benefit has been Starion's high level of surgeon support.

"My Starion rep has been consistently available since we first started working together, providing information on the company, offering new studies and keeping me in touch with other surgeons who are working with the same technology so that I can contact them with any questions," said Bock Hughes.

In closing, Bock Hughes states that she has been satisfied with her Starion experience all around.

"I've been using Starion's technology for two years now and I've been very pleased with the results – less pain and bleeding, faster recoveries – it's so satisfying to have something that truly makes a difference in the care and comfort of my patients."