The U.S. FDA has granted market clearance for Lazurite’s ArthroFree wireless camera system for minimally invasive surgery.

The ArthroFree System incorporates the company’s proprietary low-heat, high-intensity Meridiem light technology along with advanced camera, battery, and wireless transmission technologies. It is designed to deliver improved operating room productivity, patient safety, and economic value through cost-savings, energy efficiency, and reduced setup/breakdown times.

“I’ve had the opportunity to use the ArthroFree camera in the laboratory, and I’m absolutely amazed at the quality of the picture and the way the device feels in my hands,” says Mark Schickendantz, MD, director of the Center for Sports Health at the Cleveland Clinic and since 1992 team physician for the Cleveland Guardians baseball team. “What’s incredible is to be able to use an arthroscope that doesn’t have the cumbersome cables. That is just absolutely incredible.”

The modular system also is designed to be drop-in compatible with patient data consoles, surgical displays and endoscopes found in minimally invasive operating rooms.

Eugene Malinskiy, CEO and cofounder of Lazurite, emphasizes the company’s commitment to creating high value innovation in partnership with the medical community. “The idea for what is now the FDA-cleared ArthroFree system was born from the very real need to create a safer, more efficient operating room for the benefit of everyone involved—from patients to surgeons to OR teams to clinics and hospitals.”

Malinskiy and his team believe “that this truly is the beginning of the operating room of the future. The entire endoscopic market will benefit from our minimally invasive surgical equipment advancement going forward.”

Mark Froimson, MD, chair of the board of Lazurite, elaborates, “We are proud to have achieved this major milestone on our way to bringing operating rooms across the country into the wireless age. In the coming year, we will be introducing the ArthroFree System to thousands of healthcare professionals at conferences, in demos, through distributors and group purchasing channels, and through partnerships with leading medical centers.”