Considering Economics & Ergonomics When Choosing Instrumentation
When a single incision approach is elected over a standard laparoscopic approach, many technical challenges present for the surgeon. Far too often, access devices are coupled with specialized instruments to overcome hurdles such as limited triangulation, restricted visualization, fixed port placement and limited procedural applications.
However, in today’s healthcare environment, there is also an avid concern for cost containment of such advanced procedures. As a result, a versatile access platform that meets these challenges, yet considers economic as well as ergonomic factors, is highly desirable.
Surgeons and hospitals should select a single incision system that maximizes triangulation of readily available standard laparoscopic instrumentation, thus reducing both the cost and learning curve of this new and evolving approach to ultimately enable advanced procedures to be offered to a wider population of patients.