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Valleylab (Boulder, Colorado), a division of Tyco Healthcare Group (Mansfield, Massachusetts), reported launch of the ForceTriad energy platform, an integrated electrosurgery system, providing one energy source to the operating room (OR) for electrosurgical and tissue fusion needs, giving surgeons, it said, the ability to deliver precisely controlled energy and improved tissue effect.

The ForceTriad platform is an electrosurgical generator intended for open and laparoscopic surgical procedures, with options such as electrosurgical cutting and coagulation, bipolar functionality and LigaSure tissue fusion. The updated LigaSure technology provides, Valleylab said, "improved tissue-sensing and closed-loop control for faster and more consistent tissue and vessel fusion."

ORs traditionally have needed separate pieces of equipment to achieve different tissue effects: monopolar, bipolar and vessel sealing. ForceTriad now combines all three into one platform.

ForceTriad received FDA 510(k) clearance in 2005 and Valleylab says that in early customer evaluations it has been used in more than 200 procedures.

"Valleylab has listened to its customers and is taking surgery to a new level, enhancing trusted products to provide surgeons with the ability to achieve greater control and consistency," said Bryan Hanson, company president.