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Alcon Centurion VS B&L Stellaris Elite

Today, we wanted to do a quick comparison on 2 of the highest-rated phaco machines in today’s market, Alcon Centurion Vs B&L Stellaris Elite.

Phacoemulsification platforms are highly advanced pieces of medical equipment. Ultrasonic phacoemulsification was first introduced in the 60s, but it wasn’t until the 80s that it didn’t catch on as the primary method of cataract removal, and even then, there were still many skeptics. Since the ’90s, phaco has taken a drastic upturn and has become the primary method of cataract removal, resulting in a 98% success rate on all cataract surgery operations. That’s pretty astonishing and heavily due to how sophisticated phaco technology has developed.

So let’s look at 2 big players in today’s market and look at their selling points.

What are the main differences between Centurion and Stellaris Elite?

 

The Alcon Centurion Vision System

1) Onboard Ultrasonic Technology

Centurion carries over the powerful OZIL Phaco Technology from its predecessor (Alcon Infiniti), along with some significant upgrades. Centurion gives the option to use traditional/ longitudinal ultrasonic patterns or OZIL’s patented Torsional ultrasound, or a combination of both at the same time. This is no different from the Infiniti, however, Centurion introduced the INTREPID Balanced Tip to the market (which is only available with Centurion). The Balanced Tip offers more effective cutting at the tip, which less movement at the incision. This has proven to be highly efficient in emulsifying dense cataracts with less power output.

2) Fluidic Technology

Arguably one of the best features on Centurion is its fluidic technology. Centurion uses Active fluidics, which means that gravity drip is not at play on this system. Instead, the bag of BSS is hosting between two sensored plates. Highly-sensitive pressure reading sensors, constantly read intraocular pressure throughout the procedure, sending signal to the plates to adjust the inflow of fluid. This allows the surgeon to set a desired IOP for the case, and Centurion will keep that IOP inside automatically. This creates a “stable” or “quite” chamber for the surgeon, greatly reducing the chance of post-occlusion surge, etc. The fluidic pump is a Peristaltic pump, which builds vacuum pressure incrementally, but due to this system’s software, we’ve never heard a surgeon complain about the available vacuum levels this machine can produce.

3) User Interface

Centurion’s user interface is intuitive, sophisticated, and highly programmable. The user touch screen is extremely accurate and the interface is user-friendly, giving accurate detailed reports at all times. Centurion also offers solid (and familiar) interface elements to the surgeon. The Centurion’s foot pedal is wireless, solid (made of metal no plastic), and easy to navigate during surgery. The Centurion OZIL handpiece feels just like the old Infiniti OZIL handpiece, so it feels familiar to those who have used Alcon platforms. Plus it has Luer locks on the IA ports, reducing those annoying “the tubing line fell off the handpiece” scenarios.

 


The Bausch & Lomb Stellaris Elite Vision System

1) Onboard Ultrasonic Technology

Stellaris Elite is the newest released phaco platform. The Stellaris platform has existed for quite a few years. Think of the Elite as the latest version of Stellaris. Stellaris Elite introduces Attune Energy technology to the phaco market with a six-crystal handpiece that delivers optimized 28.5 kHz frequency for consistent power delivery and increased stroke length. 

2) Fluidic Technology

Stellaris Elite hosts a Venturi pump, which is a chamber based vacuum system. This means that a vacuum chamber is pressurized and used to access high levels of vacuum on demand. Venturi is nothing new to Stellaris (all previous versions have Venturi pumps as well), but the difference with this system is its Advanced Vacuum Module StableChamber Fluidics System. StableChamber minimizes surge and allows for high-vacuum surgery through an incision as small as a 1.8mm.

3) User Interface

Like Centurion, Stellaris Elite hosts an intuitive, highly-customizable, and easy-to-navigate user interface that allows for effortless customization of case settings and defaults. Elite also provides the surgeon with familiar handpiece interfaces (if they’ve used B&L systems before) and the foot pedal is also wireless. Another notable feature about the foot pedal is that it’s dual-linear and programmable so the surgeon can have full control of aspiration and ultrasound separately.

4) Posterior & Anterior Segment Options

In many respects, both Centurion and Stellaris Elite and similar. The biggest marked difference between the 2 is that Stellaris Elite is a multi-procedural system. In addition to providing a highly advanced and stable environment for cataract surgery, Stellaris Elite is also one of the leading platforms in Posterior Segment. Vitesse Hypersonic Vitrectomy System onboard the Elite is the most sophisticated and programmable vitrectomy system to date. This makes the Stellaris a viable option for both Cataract and Retina surgeons, providing both a cutting-edge and safe operating system.

 


The Surgeon’s Preference Wins!

Surgeons tend to have loyalty to certain systems or brands based on familiarity. But we’ve often found that many surgeons are very interested in switching platforms when new technology is introduced to the market. However, many are stuck using old phaco platform due to a deficiency in capital.

Surgeons should be able to pick and choose what platform is best for their surgical process. They should be able to try new technology as it comes out. This has the potential to increase the level of care they offer their patients.

Surgical Direct Inc offers the ability for any surgeon to access today’s latest phaco, microscope, IOL, and other ophthalmic technology at no upfront cost. Our Mobile Cataract Service model is designed to allow surgeons to use the technology they want and opening the door for options without burdening the facility with large capital expenses.

Want to try Centurion, Stellaris Elite, or another phaco system in your facility? Give us a call today and inquire about a Free SDI Demo Day.

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The B&L Stellaris Elite

Cataract Tech Highlight

Today, we’d like to highlight the latest Phaco platform on the market, the Bausch & Lomb Stellaris Elite Vision Enhancement System. We’ll highlight some of the exciting features introduced with this system and how they might benefit your surgical process. Before we get into the details, maybe you are reading and already know the details of Stellaris Elite. Stop reading right now and click here to sign up for a Demo Day. We’ll deliver a Stellaris directly to you with our full demo service experience. 

One of the most significant benefits of partnering with Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service is the opportunity to use the latest cataract technology available on the market without investing capital funds. Our clients gain the benefit of trying new technology, upgrading or switching technology swiftly and easily.

Why wait any longer? Try the Stellaris Elite now.

The B&L Stellaris Elite Vision Enhancement System.

B&L is still the only Ophthalmic Surgical manufacturer that combines the ability to perform both Posterior Segment and Anterior Segment cases using the same system. The B&L Stellaris Elite continues this smart and convenient feature, making the Stellaris Elite a viable system for both Cataract Surgeons and Retina Surgeons alike.

 1) Cataract Surgery

The Stellaris Elite introduces several exciting technologies to cataract surgery, namely Adaptive Fluidics™ and Atune® Energy.

Adaptive Fluidics™

Adaptive Fluidic technology from B&L provides the surgeon with exceptional chamber control during every step of the surgery. Using the system’s Proprietary Dynamic Infusion Compensation technology, chamber stability is almost automatic, highly responsive, and becomes something that the surgeon doesn’t really pay attention to anymore. The system monitors chamber pressure and automatically adjusts infusion pressure to keep the chamber stable.

Atune® Energy

Atune® Energy provides the surgeon with incredibly powerful, yet controlled, cutting power that no other B&L vision system has offered. Atune® is delivered through a six crystal 28.5 kHz handpiece frequency1,2*, cutting through dense cataracts with ease. Atune® works hand-in-hand with the fluidics, creating a seamless cutting experience in a quiet, level-pressured chamber.

These 2 technologies allow the Cataract surgeon to focus more on the surgery and less on the technology in use. Better focus creates better outcomes.

For more information, graph reports, and videos about the Cataract side of B&L Stellaris Elite, click here.

2) Retinal Procedures

B&L has been providing industry-leading technology in Retinal procedures for years. The Stellaris Elite is no exception. With upgraded cutting technology, visualization, and the new VITESSE Hypersonic Vitrectomy System gives retinal surgeons lots of upgrades.

Cutting

The Elite system offers compatibility with 20g, 23g, or 25g Vit cutters, including the ability to cut up to a 7500 cpm cut rate. With this wide range of options, the surgeon can customize each surgical step the way he wants.

Visualization

Stellaris Elite combines xenon light sources (specifically designed for small-gauge vitrectomy), fiber optic add-ons as small as 29g, and numerous specialized illumination options. Surgeons have a wide range of combination options, allowing them to choose what works best for them and the situation.

VITESSE Hypersonic Vitrectomy System

Vitesse hypersonic creates a near liquifying effect in a controlled area around the cutter, which offers higher levels of precision cutting to the surgeon. Vitesse is not a pneumatic cutter, it’s a 100% open 100% of the time. Vitreous liquifies at the end of the port and is then aspirated into the port. Vitesse is the first of its kind in Retinal surgery and is only available on the Stellaris Elite Vision System.

3) Software & Design

The Stellaris Elite is beautifully designed, compact, and intuitive. The touch screen user interface is easy to navigate, making adjusting settings simple, yet allowing highly complex manipulation of parameters at the same time. And even though it makes no difference in surgery, Stellaris Elite is pretty to look at! 1 point for aesthetics!


Schedule a Demo and upgrade!

If you’d like to try the Stellaris Elite for yourself, contact us today and we will make it happen. We will work with B&L to ensure that a Demo of the machine goes off without a hitch. Plus if you don’t currently use our Mobile Cataract Services, you’ll see first hand the benefit of outsourcing with Surgical Direct and how much time, money, and effort you could be saving. Our Mobile Cataract Service provides a turnkey solution for any OR, where we provide all the essential technology and components of surgery, including phaco machines, microscopes, lenses, case supplies, certified surgical coordinators, and more.

There’s never been a better time to upgrade your cataract day. Call us today!

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