Arthrocare Coblator II Service Manual: A Comprehensive Guide for Surgeons and Technicians
The Arthrocare Coblator II is a device that uses COBLATION technology to perform ablation, resection, and coagulation of soft tissue and hemostasis of blood vessels in otorhinolaryngology (ENT) surgery. COBLATION technology uses a plasma field to precisely dissolve targeted tissue while maintaining the integrity of surrounding tissue. Unlike radiofrequency-based devices that use high temperatures to cut and cauterize, COBLATION technology uses lower temperatures causing minimal damage to surrounding tissue.
The Arthrocare Coblator II consists of a controller, a foot control, a flow control valve unit, and a sterile disposable wand device. The wand device is available in various single or multi-tip configurations and is supplied separately. The controller delivers RF energy to the electrode elements located at the distal end of the wand device. The foot control allows the surgeon to activate the ablation or coagulation modes of the device. The flow control valve unit regulates the saline flow to the wand device.
The Arthrocare Coblator II service manual provides detailed information on the installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and technical specifications of the device. It also includes safety precautions, warnings, and contraindications that must be followed by the users of the device. The service manual is intended for use by qualified medical personnel who have received adequate training on the use of the device.
The service manual can be accessed online at https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1599529/Arthrocare-Coblator-Ii.html or by contacting Smith+Nephew, the manufacturer of the device. Smith+Nephew also provides medical education, support resources, and guidance to help users of the device achieve optimal outcomes for their patients.
Benefits of COBLATION Technology for ENT Surgery
COBLATION technology offers several benefits for ENT surgery, such as tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, sinus surgery, and turbinate reduction. Some of these benefits are:
- Reduced thermal damage to surrounding tissue. COBLATION technology operates at lower temperatures than conventional electrosurgery, which can cause charring, eschar formation, and collateral tissue damage. This can result in less postoperative pain, edema, scarring, and infection risk.3,6,7,9,10,12
- Improved hemostasis and visibility. COBLATION technology creates a plasma field that ionizes the saline and tissue molecules, resulting in effective coagulation of blood vessels and reduced bleeding. This can improve the surgical field visibility and reduce the need for additional hemostatic devices or packing.3,6,12
- Enhanced precision and control. COBLATION technology allows the surgeon to precisely target the desired tissue with minimal lateral spread of energy. The wand device has a malleable shaft that can be shaped to access hard-to-reach areas. The foot control enables the surgeon to switch between ablation and coagulation modes with ease.3,6,12
- Increased patient satisfaction and recovery. COBLATION technology can reduce the postoperative complications and discomfort associated with ENT surgery, such as pain, swelling, bleeding, infection, scabbing, and nasal obstruction. This can lead to improved patient satisfaction and faster recovery time.3,6-11
How to Use the Arthrocare Coblator II Service Manual
The Arthrocare Coblator II service manual is a valuable resource for surgeons and technicians who use the device for ENT surgery. The service manual contains the following sections:
- Introduction. This section provides an overview of the device, its indications for use, its components, its connection diagram, and its principle of operation.
- Safety Precautions. This section lists the general safety precautions, warnings, and contraindications that must be followed by the users of the device.
- Installation. This section describes how to install the device and its accessories, such as the power cord, the foot control, the flow control valve unit, and the wand device.
- Operation. This section explains how to operate the device and its modes of operation, such as ablation mode and coagulation mode.
- Maintenance. This section covers how to clean and disinfect the device and its accessories, how to perform functional checks and calibration tests, how to troubleshoot common problems, and how to contact customer service.
- Technical Specifications. This section provides the technical specifications of the device and its accessories, such as dimensions, weight, power requirements, output characteristics, environmental conditions, and standards compliance.
The service manual should be read carefully before using the device and should be kept in a safe place for future reference. The service manual should not be used as a substitute for adequate training on the use of the device.
The Arthrocare Coblator II is a device that uses COBLATION technology to perform ENT surgery with minimal thermal damage, improved hemostasis, enhanced precision, and increased patient satisfaction. The device consists of a controller, a foot control, a flow control valve unit, and a wand device. The wand device is available in various configurations and is designed for both tonsil and adenoid procedures. The Arthrocare Coblator II service manual provides detailed information on how to install, operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and service the device. The service manual is intended for use by qualified medical personnel who have received adequate training on the use of the device. The service manual can be accessed online or by contacting Smith+Nephew.