Lorre T. Henderson, M.D. began using Starion's ENTceps™ in 2005 to improve the safety and precision of tonsillectomies. ENTceps features Starion's patented Tissue Welding technology, which seals and divides tissue without passing electrical energy through the patient. As a result, Henderson's patients have less pain, eat and drink sooner, and return to their normal lives faster.

While tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures, conventional instrumentation can cause damage to adjacent tissue leading to complications such as bleeding and post-operative pain.

Lorre T. Henderson, M.D., an otolaryngologist at Sutter Solano Medical Center in Fairfield, California, had seen first hand how the heat from an electrocautery device could cause inadvertent injury. He knew that if he could minimize tissue damage, he could reduce pain — and recovery times — for his patients.

"A tonsillectomy can be an extremely painful procedure but it doesn't have to be," said Henderson. "And the less pain that you can create for the patient, the faster they can get back to their normal life."

In 2005, Henderson learned of Starion Instruments and began using the company's ENTceps™ for tonsillectomies. 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.

"I wasn't looking for something new at the time, but when I saw this particular instrument I was intrigued at the fact that the burning unit itself is very contained so there is little to no heat dissipation into the adjacent tissue," said Henderson.

ENTceps patented design enables Henderson to perform tonsillectomies with greater precision. "When you cauterize the tissue with a regular cautery, it burns not only the tissue that you take out but also the tissue that's left behind. This distorts or discolors the area and makes it difficult to see the tissue plains. With the Starion device, you only cauterize the tissue that you want to cauterize, making it easier to see the planes and perform the dissection," said Henderson.

As a result, Henderson's patients experience less pain following the procedures. "It has been quite dramatic," said Henderson. "Across the board the majority of patients experience less pain, have better intake of liquids and foods and can get back to school or work faster."