CLEVELAND, OH—University Hospitals (UH) today announced the completion of the first arthroscopic surgeries in Ohio, and amongst the first ever, using the new ArthroFree® Wireless Camera System. ArthroFree is the first wireless surgical camera system to receive market clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in broad endoscopic applications including arthroscopy. UH is the first provider in Ohio to use this new technology, developed by Cleveland-based Lazurite.
Drs. James Voos and Jacob Calcei performed minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures on two patients with ACL injuries at the UH Beachwood Medical Center in Beachwood, OH. The patients are both recovering well. Each was charged for the surgical costs with no added cost for the use of the ArthroFree System.
A formative human factors study on the ArthroFree Wireless Camera System conducted by UH revealed increased OR efficiency, cost savings, improved safety and reduced sterilization requirements through eliminating cords and cables, and significant reduction in risks of OR burns and fires with its proprietary low-heat, high-power light engine technology.
Dr. Voos is chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UH and the Jack & Mary Herrick Distinguished Chair, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He also serves as the head team physician for the Cleveland Browns, Vice President of the NFL Physicians’ Association, and Medical Director for the Cleveland Ballet.
“The wireless ArthroFree System allows for more ergonomic and efficient surgical movements,” Dr. Voos said. “You don’t have to constantly be moving cables around while you’re operating. And the camera handset is lightweight and easy to handle. We are proud to be the first healthcare provider in Ohio to use this innovative new technology. I look forward to doing more surgeries with the ArthroFree camera.”
Dr. Calcei is an orthopedic sports medicine physician and shoulder surgeon at UH and an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has served as a team physician at all levels of competition, including Stanford University athletics, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Cleveland Browns.
“Having demoed the ArthroFree System in prior simulated studies conducted by Lazurite, I was very excited to be able to use one of the first production units in surgery,” Dr. Calcei said. “This new wireless surgical camera has been long anticipated and shows promise to improve the field of arthroscopic surgery.”
The ArthroFree System was developed through a collaboration between Lazurite and UH Ventures, the innovation and commercialization arm of University Hospitals. UH Ventures provides a living laboratory for companies that seek to understand how their emerging technologies might work within the complex conditions of U.S. health care.
“There are many innovative companies that want to know if their products and services make an impact in the lives of caregivers or patients. We provide a way to validate or refine work-in-progress technologies through various forms of usability testing—such as human factors and ergonomics studies—as well as human-centered design and co-development projects,” said Kipum Lee, Vice President of Innovation & Product Strategy at UH Ventures. “Lazurite has collaborated with UH Ventures on a number of studies on its path to bringing the ArthroFree System to market. We are honored to have had the opportunity as part of this collaboration to conduct the first surgeries in our region using the system.”
Lazurite designs medtech devices, and its ArthroFree® System is the first wireless camera with FDA clearance for arthroscopy and general endoscopy. It eliminates the camera cables associated with patient burns and fires, and it’s drop-in compatible with current OR technologies. The ArthroFree wireless camera also allows untethered movement by surgeons, and projects cost-per-case savings of 20%. Lazurite’s IP portfolio also includes the high-efficiency, laser-driven Meridiem® light technology, wireless communication technology, and products in development. Lazurite is located in Cleveland, OH (est. 2015), and has raised more than $25M from institutional investors, family offices, and more than 70 physician champions. The ten-year vision: better outcomes for one million patients—and thousands of clinicians, too. For more information, see https://lazurite.co.
About University Hospitals
Founded in 1866, University Hospitals serves the needs of patients through an integrated network of more than 20 hospitals (including five joint ventures), more than 50 health centers and outpatient facilities, and over 200 physician offices in 16 counties throughout northern Ohio. The system’s flagship quaternary care, academic medical center, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Oxford University and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. The main campus also includes the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation; UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Ohio’s only hospital for women; and UH Seidman Cancer Center, part of the NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. UH is home to some of the most prestigious clinical and research programs in the nation, with more than 3,000 active clinical trials and research studies underway. UH Cleveland Medical Center is perennially among the highest performers in national ranking surveys, including “America’s Best Hospitals” from U.S. News & World Report. UH is also home to 19 Clinical Care Delivery and Research Institutes. UH is one of the largest employers in Northeast Ohio with more than 30,000 employees. Follow UH on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit UHhospitals.org. For more information on UH Ventures, visit https://ventures.uhhospitals.org.
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