Surgical Microscopes

Arguably, there’s no place where accuracy matters more than the operating room. Our surgical microscopes allow doctors to clearly and accurately see what they’re doing so they can work with confidence when their patients rely on them the most.

What Are the Advantages of a Surgical Microscope?

One of the features that sets surgical microscopes apart from the rest is their mobility. Each microscope is carried on an adjustable, and sometimes even motorized, stand that can be moved wherever is most comfortable for the surgeon as they perform their procedures. Many surgeries require the doctor to assume different positions to get the best perspective, and surgical microscopes take a lot of that work off the doctor’s shoulders. 

Surgeons also report that advances in the technical aspects of surgical microscopy have created high-end optics with bright and shadow-free illumination, and the designs are more versatile while still providing stable and flexible properties. These microscopes typically have components that are easy to sterilize, which helps avoid any possibility of cross-contamination as they’re used from one surgery to the next, adding to their usefulness in surgical situations.

Of course, one of the biggest advantages of having new imaging technology and advanced operating microscopes in surgery is that the outcomes are improved for patients. This can lead to more precise access surgeries and shorter time spent in a surgical suite, which can improve the odds of success and lower the chance of some tertiary concerns, including infection. Better surgical outcomes can also reduce recovery time for patients and lead to greater satisfaction.

Where are Operating Microscopes Used?

An operating microscope or a surgical microscope is designed to be used in an operating room during surgery. You’ll most often find these microscopes used in plastic surgery, dentistry (especially endodontics), ENT surgery, ophthalmic surgery, and neurosurgery. 

What Are the Applications of an ENT Microscope?

ENT doctors specialize in the ears, nose, and throat and are otherwise known as otolaryngologists. An ENT microscope can be used for surgical applications, but they are also used in other ways in the doctor’s office. 

  • Otoscopy – Examining the ear canal and the tympanic membrane is done with microscopes.
    Endoscopic procedures – These are procedures in the upper airway, including the nasal cavity, sinuses, and larynx.
  • Laryngoscopy – An ENT microscope is used to examine and perform procedures and even surgery on the larynx and vocal cords.
  • Microscopic sinus surgeries – Multiple surgeries in the sinus cavity are performed with the aid of an operating microscope, allowing for greater precision.
  • Microscopic ear surgeries – Much like surgeries in the sinus region, ear surgeries are more exact and illuminated with the aid of surgical microscopes. One of those surgeries is cochlear implantation.
  • Microvascular surgery – ENT doctors often do microvascular procedures in the head and neck region and rely heavily on the added illumination and improved visualization that microscopes provide.
  • Training and education - In addition to the above applications, ENT microscopes are very useful as people are training to become otolaryngologists.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Surgical Microscopes?

Today’s surgical microscopes have many benefits, especially in the dental profession, but they can also be seen in all professions that use these state-of-the-art medical devices. Some of the benefits that are reported in dentistry include:

  • Enhanced magnification – Microscopes provide greater magnification than a dental loupe does.
  • Smaller incisions – A microscope makes it possible to make smaller incisions, which can lead to less pain and a faster healing time.
  • Conservative options – It’s possible that a surgical microscope can pinpoint an area of concern enough to allow for more conservative treatment.
  • Precise placement and alignment – In dentistry, being very precise is critical, as is proper alignment. Using microscopes to get an even better view can aid in both of these areas.
  • Better for uninvolved teeth - Even if a tooth isn’t involved in a procedure, it can be affected by it. Using a dental surgical microscope can narrow the scope of the procedure and eliminate any involvement of other teeth and gums.
  • Documentation – Your dentist takes lots of x-rays and even pictures to compare year over year and track alignment, wear, and other concerns. Having microscopic imagery is just another tool that can be used to document changes.
  • Earlier response time. When concerns can be tracked at a microscopic level, then a dentist can more quickly pinpoint problems and work to remedy them before they become larger concerns.

How Are Ophthalmic Surgical Microscopes Used?

Ophthalmic surgical microscopes are a great tool for eye surgeons, giving them a greater level of efficiency and precision paired with reliable illumination. An ophthalmic surgical microscope is known for providing high contrast and detailed imaging, both of which are extremely important during eye surgeries. Just a few common eye surgeries that use surgical microscopes include:

  • Cataract surgery – A cloudy lens of the eye is called a cataract, and it may need to be removed and replaced with an artificial lens.
  • Refractive surgery – This popular eye surgery reshapes the cornea with a laser to correct vision issues.
  • Corneal transplant – Replacing a cornea is delicate business, but surgical microscopes help ophthalmic doctors see the level of detail necessary to make this surgery possible.
  • Glaucoma surgery – Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that is often caused by increased pressure in the eye. Surgery with the aid of an ophthalmic microscope can relieve that pressure, helping to avoid further damage and improving vision.

It should be noted that surgical microscopes aren’t just used in eye surgeries, but they are also often used for pre and post-operative assessments.

Seiler Instrument Surgical Microscopes

Seiler Instrument makes surgical microscopes for a variety of specialty doctors in the medical field, including ophthalmologists, ENT surgeons, and dental surgeons. The Seiler Evolution Zoom Ophthalmology Microscope provides doctors with a clear view of all parts of the eye, which allows for more accuracy in precision eye surgeries like cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. Meanwhile, the Seiler Alpha Air 3 Dental Surgical Microscope provides superior maneuverability, and is able to be mounted on the floor, wall, high wall, ceiling, or tabletop. (Many ENT surgeons use the Alpha Air 3 Microscope in their operating rooms as well.)

No matter what kind of surgeries you perform in your office, any of the products we offer from Seiler Instrument is going to offer you great benefits like:

  • Precision, Superior Quality Optics
  • Advanced Ergonomics
  • High Levels of Magnification

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