Maximising performance and safety in laparoscopic surgery requires excellent visual field clarity.
Particulate matter produced by energy-based surgical instruments rapidly accumulates and obscures the visual field making difficult and complex tasks even harder. This “surgical smoke” must be dealt with.
Clearing the surgical smoke by releasing it into the operating room is inefficient, delays the operation and causes loss of pneumoperitoneum. Chronic exposure to surgical smoke may be hazardous to operating room personnel.