Dr. Sivalingam shares his first impressions on the Flex XC1 Single Use Ureteroscope, how he sees it playing a role in his practice, and additional insights into the benefits of having choices in your endoscope offering.
yeah, my first impression I was, I was wildly impressed with the optics and, and the, and the handling and the weight of the scope. It was very, very impressive. So overall, you know, the optics I did not expect, you know, it was, it was, you know, very comparable to a reusable digital scope. So it was very nice. You know, overall, you know, we're concerned about ergonomics when it comes to your Doris copy because you know, we're using these scopes day in and day out and repetitive strain as an issue. Uh, so this scope, you know, much like many of the other single use scopes as lightweight, which is good, but I think, you know, the placement of the levers and, and the ports and everything else I think are very ergonomically placed, which makes it very easy to use and very easy on the hands. The image is very crisp and so that's how I would describe the image quality. You know, it was uh, it was difficult. It was hard to believe that it's uh, you know, just a single use disposable scope because it was just crisp and sharp and vivid. I think this one um to me it did stand above the others that I've used in that, you know, there was no lag in the images, there was no interference. Um, and so the image remained uh crisp and you know vivid throughout. So there was no um, haziness jitter and things like that. So I think this one stood about the other ones that I've tried. So I think, you know, I think it's important to have the tools that you need to get the job done and every case does not present the same way the stones are different. The anatomy is different. Um, and so I think we need to have the right tool for the right job. And so for me for flexible your reader scopes. Um, I don't think, you know, I think you have to have uh flexibility if you will in the types of scopes you have, sometimes I do require fiber optic scopes and sometimes I look at digital scopes, but that's what choice means to me, you know, having the right tool at the right time. So in terms of scopes is having the right type of scope for the right type of case. I think, you know, flex sexy one, you know, like other single use scopes depending on what you have. Uh, I think it will become more and more relevant and as we see more and more costs associated with scope damage and scope repairs and maintenance and you know, capital acquisition costs of these things. I think it becomes more and more relevant. And so, you know, we have to be able to choose the, have the ability to use the single use code for instance, in cases where we know we're going to be really, um, you know, straining the scope a lot, for example that lower pole stone or patients with known difficult challenging anatomy. I think in those instances it helps to have a single use scope where you can spare those reusable scopes and and and increase their longevity. So I think it will have, um and also as the costs come down of these scopes, you know, I think it becomes uh you know, it's we can, I think in the foreseeable future when the costs are um, you know, balance out. I think it it becomes uh it's not it's not, it's likely that we'll see more and more of these being used.