Contained Tissue Extraction System

Tissue Management System

Contained Tissue Extraction System

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Contained Tissue Extraction System

The Olympus Contained Tissue Extraction (CTE) System combines the PneumoLiner, a first-of-its-kind tissue containment device, and the next-generation laparoscopic PK Morcellator to provide certain appropriate, low-risk patients with a laparoscopic surgery option to avoid open hysterectomy and myomectomy.

Containment Device

PneumoLiner is the first and only power morcellation containment device specifically designed for intra-abdominal insufflation during GYN procedures.

The PneumoLiner is uniquely designed to:

  • Conform to each patient's abdominal size, avoiding intra-abdominal folding of material which can restrict movement, visualization, or inadvertent capture by the morcellator.
  • Provide a barrier between target tissue and non-targeted abdominal contents.
  • Maintain a barrier to the escape of fluids, cells and tissue fragments.

FDA Clearance & Letters:

WARNING: Information regarding the potential risks of a procedure with this device should be shared with patients. Uterine tissue may contain unsuspected cancer. The use of laparoscopic power morcellators during fibroid surgery may spread cancer. The use of this containment system has not been clinically demonstrated to reduce this risk.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use on tissue that is known or suspected to contain malignancy. Do not use for removal of uterine tissue containing suspected fibroids in patients who are: post-menopausal or over 50 years of age; or candidates for en bloc tissue removal, through the vagina or via a mini-laparotomy incision. Do not use in women with undiagnosed uterine bleeding. Do not use this device on patients with known or suspected allergies to polyurethane. Do not use where the abdominal wall thickness is larger than 10cm. This device should only be used by physicians who have completed the formal validated required training program administered by Olympus and/or Advanced Surgical Concepts.

For more information, please read the full PneumoLiner Instructions for Use for indications, additional contraindications, warnings and precautions.

For additional information, please view the videos below from AAGL 2015.

PK Morcellator

The device is intended for cutting and extracting tissue in laparoscopic gynecologic procedures. The PK Morcellator is recommended in conjunction with the PneumoLiner containment device for removal of uterine tissue.

The PK Morcellator design features:

  • Anti-Coring Tip - Integrated peeling tip promotes peeling on target tissue and avoids tissue coring throughout the procedure.
  • Reduced Surgical Smoke - The smoke management of the PK Morcellator maintains clear visibility of the morcellator, the target tissue and collateral tissue compared to PKS PlasmaSORD.
  • Faster Morcellation Speed - PK Morcellator completes morcellation at a faster rate than PKS PlasmaSORD.

FDA Clearance & Letters:

WARNING: Uterine tissue may contain unsuspected cancer. The use of laparoscopic power morcellators during fibroid surgery may spread cancer, and decrease the long-term survival of patients. This information should be shared with patients when considering surgery with the use of these devices.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: The use of the PK Morcellator is contraindicated for surgical procedures in which the tissue to be morcellated is known or suspected to contain malignancy. The PK Morcellator is contraindicated for removal of uterine tissue containing suspected fibroids in the following patient groups:

  • Post-menopausal patients.
  • Candidates for en bloc tissue removal. For example, through the vagina or via a mini-laparotomy incision.

The use of the electrosurgical generator ESG 400 is contraindicated when, in the judgment of the physician, bipolar electrosurgical procedures with the PK Morcellator would be contrary to the best interests of the patient or user. For patients with active electronic devices implanted, refer to the instructions for use for those devices before using bipolar electrosurgery.

The PK Morcellator should not be used if the patient is not considered suitable for a laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure or a laparoscopic myomectomy procedure.

For additional information, please view the videos below from AAGL 2015.



Katie's Story

When a hearing-impaired patient needs surgery, Kate, is the person to translate important information to them via sign language. She loves her work as a medical interpreter so, when uterine fibroids were limiting her ability to be at work, she felt a loss of purpose that her career gave to her.

“There were a good five months when I would have long stretches of such heavy bleeding that I would have to be in the bathroom constantly away from my patients. Most doctors were recommending open surgery with a C-section size incision, because of the size of the fibroids and complexity of the surgery,” Katie is 28, and fibroids of this size are rare at her age. After nearly a year of hormone therapy, IUD intervention and scans, Kate decided that a myomectomy (removal of the fibroids) could restore her quality of life, while preserving her potential to have children.

Kate said. “But I’ve worked in medical translation long enough to know that minimally invasive surgery is usually the better approach.”

Kate’s uterus was three times its normal size and the fibroids were growing in the uterine wall….one the size of a grapefruit. To perform the surgery in a minimally invasive way, large fibroids would need to be broken up in order to remove the tissue through small incisions.

Utilizing the Olympus contained tissue extraction system, her surgeon felt confident performing the surgery in a minimally invasive way, while removing the tissue safely from her uterus. Although she would require one more surgery due to one complex fibroid on her cervix, Kate was able to be released from the hospital the very same day.

In just five weeks after her procedure, Kate was back to the work she loves. She no longer experiences heavy bleeding, limiting the number of interruptions with those who depend her most at the hospital—her patients. Tough fibroid cases like Katie’s often have recurrence, the hope is that she can get obtain relief from her abnormal uterine bleeding for five to seven years and resume her quality of life doing what she loves best – helping others.

Rachel's Story

“Most of us who work in the O.R. know that minimally invasive surgery is better for patients from a safety and recovery perspective,” Rachel said. “Minimally invasive approaches have been shown to result in shorter hospital stays, faster healing times, and cosmetic benefits associated with less significant scarring.”

However, when procedures and the tools used to perform them come under scrutiny, as did the power morcellator used for the minimally invasive removal of benign uterine fibroids, hospitals and physicians pursue more conservative treatment plans. In this case, erring away from laparoscopic hysterectomy.

The timing of the power morcellation scrutiny was unfortunate for Rachel, who soon after was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids stretching her uterus to an uncomfortable size. Despite the FDA safety warning on power morcellation, Rachel preferred to undergo a minimally invasive procedure for removal of the fibroids; however, wanted to pursue an innovative solution combatting some of the issues she saw during her time as an OR nurse assisting in many gynecologic surgeries.

“In many cases, I’d watch as GYN tissue, whether during the cutting or the morcellating, dripping or falling off inside of the body.” Rachel was also in procedures with another surgeon who utilized the Olympus containment system. “In the procedures using a containment system, one or a few cuts were the most exposure the anatomy had to tolerate, because the large pieces of removed tissue – polyp tissue, uterine tissue, fat, endometrium, and other types of tissue – were placed in the bag, and any cutting or morcellating happened in the contained space.”

Weighing her options, Rachel decided to undergo a minimally invasive hysterectomy with the use of the Olympus containment tissue extraction system. “I’m so pleased I had a sneak peek at this advancement before awareness grew over potential dangers of fibroid procedures. I know it was the right choice for my surgery. It amazes me to this day that my huge uterus filled with fibroids was removed from an incision less than one inch long, the traces today buried in my belly button. I was back to work nine days later, and I feel great!”

Different WOmen. Different Needs. Your guide to minimally invasive hysterectomy.

Different Women, Different Needs.

At Olympus, we know it’s important that you feel at ease discussing health issues with your physician. Whether you are preparing for an initial visit or seeking more information when considering treatment options, we offer resources that will provide insight and help you in making an informed decision.

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  • Society of Endometriosis and Uterine Disorders (SEUD) 2019

    May 16th – 18th,
    Montreal, Canada
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) 2019

    September 4th – 7th,
    New Orleans, LA
  • American College of Obstetricians (ACOG) Armed Forces District Meeting 2019

    September 7th – 11th,
    San Diego, CA
  • American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS) 2019

    September 24th – 28th,
    Nashville, TN
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2019

    October 12th – 16th,
    Philadelphia, PA
  • American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) 2019

    October 13th – 16th,
    Baltimore, MD
  • American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) 2019

    November 9th – 13th,
    Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Pelvic Anatomy & Gynecologic Surgery Symposium (PAGS) 2019

    December 12th – 14th,
    Las Vegas, NV
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) 2020

    March 28th – 31st,
    Toronto, Canada
  • The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 2020

    March 28th – April 1st,
    Anaheim, CA
  • Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) 2020

    March 29th – April 1st,
    Jacksonville, FL
  • American College of Obstetricians (ACOG) 2020

    April 24th – 27th,
    Seattle, WA

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