Evaluation: ConMed/Buffalo Filter VisiClear Portable Surgical Smoke Evacuator

August 21, 2019 | Evaluations & Guidance


Here's how the ConMed/Buffalo Filter VisiClear compares with the other products we've evaluated.

Click the product names below to view our complete findings. Products are listed alphabetically by supplier. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

The ConMed/Buffalo Filter VisiClear is a very good choice for aiding in the removal and filtering of smoke produced during open and laparoscopic electrosurgical and laser procedures. The system has built-in safety features that prevent an occluded suction nozzle from reaching pressures that might damage a patient's tissue during surgery. The VisiClear also has an easy-to-use interface, and ConMed/Buffalo Filter offers ergonomic handpieces.

*Figure 1.**The VisiClear. (Image courtesy of ConMed/Buffalo Filter.)*
  1. This device is used to capture and filter surgical smoke during open and laparoscopic surgical procedures in which there is thermal destruction of tissue or bone.

  2. Major device components and software features:

a) Console: A 7.7 kg (17 lb) device with touchscreen display that allows the surgical team to select between three procedure-based modes, as well as to adjust flow rate, manually activate suction via a rotating fan icon, and assess filter status either as a countdown clock or as a percentage of remaining life. The console also offers an optional occlusion alarm that will suspend suction when an obstruction is...

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