Karl Storz RoBi Rotating Bipolar Forceps and Scissors Named Innovation of the Year by Laparoendoscopy Society; Advanced Multifunctional Instruments Offer Broader Range of Capabilities to Endoscopic Surgeons

Designed for one-handed operation by endoscopic surgeons, the reusable multifunctional KARL STORZ RoBi(TM) Forceps and Scissors provide optimal bipolar grasping that is made possible by a robust hinge used in the wide-opening jaws. The tip offers an innovative design that facilitates secure grasping, blunt dissection and bipolar coagulation of tissue between the jaws. (Photo: Business Wire)


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CULVER CITY, Calif.--()--Nov. 1, 2005--Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc., a leader for 60 years in reusable endoscope technology, is pleased to announce that its RoBi rotating Bipolar Forceps and Scissors have been recognized by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) as a 2005 Innovation of the Year. Recipients of this year's Innovations of the Year were announced in September at the SLS 14th International Congress and Endo Expo in San Diego.

The multifunctional RoBi(TM) Forceps and Scissors are designed to allow one-handed operation by endoscopic surgeons to perform secure grasping, blunt dissection and bipolar coagulation of tissue between the jaws. Lateral tissue damage and sticking of tissue are minimized during procedures with RoBi(TM) hand instruments. Optimal bipolar grasping is made possible by a robust hinge that has been incorporated into the wide-opening jaws of RoBi(TM) hand instruments. The fully rotational 360-degree sheath also enhances maneuverability during surgical use.

"By introducing the RoBi(TM) hand instruments, Karl Storz now offers a number of advanced features to extend the capabilities of endoscopic surgeons in a number of specialties," said Thomas Prescher, Director of Marketing, Gynecology/Video, Karl Storz. "Among these features are increased maneuverability during minimally invasive surgery, a range of new product functions and increased cost efficiency."

A principal advantage of RoBi(TM) hand instruments is that they are reusable and can be sterilized by autoclaving. In addition to having a cleaning port, RoBi(TM) Forceps and Scissors can be completely disassembled into separate components: handle, outer sheath and working insert. RoBi(TM) Forceps and Scissors also feature a top-mounted 45-degree high-frequency connector pin that leads the cable away from the operative field. Three different working lengths are available to suit a range of surgical procedures.

Hand instruments of this type have typically been disposable, significantly increasing procedure costs. Because RoBi(TM) Forceps and Scissors are completely reusable and autoclavable, the potential cost savings to hospitals also represent a significant benefit.

About the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

The SLS was established as an educational, nonprofit organization to help ensure the highest standards for the practice of laparoscopic, endoscopic and minimally invasive surgery. With a membership of more than 6,000 surgeons, the society serves surgeons from various specialties and other health professionals interested in advancing their expertise. Each year, the organization recognizes the most innovative products of the 12 months that have multidisciplinary applications in minimally invasive surgery. The SLS notes that products recognized as Innovations of the Year are selected for informational purposes only. The society does not endorse or approve any products, and surgeons should investigate any new equipment for safety and suitability for their particular practice and needs.

About Karl Storz Endoscopy-America

Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. is an affiliate of Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG, an international leader for almost 60 years in reusable endoscope technology, encompassing all endoscopic specialties. Based in Tuttlingen, Germany, Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned company that designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all its products with an emphasis on visionary design, precision craftsmanship and clinical effectiveness. For more information, call 800-421-0837 or visit the company's Web site at www.karlstorz.com.


Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.
Susan Jaffy, 310-338-8100 ext. 2701



Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.
Susan Jaffy, 310-338-8100 ext. 2701