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Reusable Surgeon’s Scalpel Provides Precise Unobstructed Illumination in Anatomic Danger Zones

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 03 Jan 2023
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Image: Lumohs marks the first significant innovation to the scalpel in 100 years (Photo courtesy of Nano Surgical)
Image: Lumohs marks the first significant innovation to the scalpel in 100 years (Photo courtesy of Nano Surgical)

A surgeon's scalpel handle has not significantly changed since it was first introduced 100 years ago. But a patented reusable scalpel has changed that by enabling shadowless illumination just millimeters from the surgical site precisely where overhead lighting cannot reach, thus providing enhanced visualization of nerves and vessels in anatomic danger zones.

The Lumohs reusable scalpel from Nano Surgical, LLC (Delray Beach, FL, USA) features a patented design to meet the challenges, of reusability, portability, autoclavability and practical economics. Lumohs provides shadowless illumination under and at all angles to the skin in front of the blade for unobstructed illumination during biopsies, excisions, Mohs surgery and more. Lumohs’ scalpel-based illumination enhances visualization for undermining and excising anatomic danger zones, while synchronous twisting, cutting and illuminating improves surgical efficiency.

Initially invented for skin cancer surgeons, Lumohs can help any doctor that wields a scalpel for any surgical procedure. Lumohs’ scalpel reduces the risks of incomplete epidermal margins during Mohs & routine surgeries. It is ideal for routine excisions of malignant and benign lesions performed by surgeons in offices, hospital bedsides and nursing homes. The autoclavable, universal lightweight plastic and stainless steel scalpel is powered by a replaceable battery cartridge. Lumohs' universality, accepting any surgical blade number that conforms to traditional scalpel handle's ISO standards, makes it ideal for any surgeon.

“The risks to patients are great when shadows or blind spots, obscure tiny critical nerves and blood vessels that can be accidentally severed during surgery,” said Dr. Steven Hacker, founder of Nano Surgical and Inventor of Lumohs. “The problem Lumohs solves is the difficulty of getting adequate unobstructed illumination underneath and at all angles to the skin. This illumination can be lifesaving when performing Mohs surgery, flaps, excisions, plastic surgery or any office-based surgeries in anatomic danger zones of the head and neck or anywhere on body, for that matter. Expensive overhead lighting and loupes don't solve the problem and are cost prohibitive to outfit in every procedure room.”

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