Technology

PATENTED COMPUTER CHIP TECHNOLOGY
APPLIED TO SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS

Extraordinary Technology

Planatome® Technology has improved the surgical scalpel that has remained largely the same for over 100 years since its current form was patented in 1915. Now we’re perfecting it.

Extraordinary Improvement

Upon closer inspection of the unchanged state of scalpels in today’s surgical industry, it was soon realized that a technology long used in the computer chip manufacturing industry could bring them to a whole new level. While the skills and techniques of surgical professionals have vastly improved over the last century, there has not been any significant advancements in the scalpel blades to help deliver improved benefits to patients. Any updates to scalpel blades over this time have been focused on the blade’s performance for the surgeon. Our Planatome Technology not only provides a superior feel to the surgeon, but also delivers improved post-operative surgical outcomes to patients. Simply, here’s what we did and how it works.

A process called Chemical Mechanical Planarization, or CMP, has been widely used to finely finish the surfaces of silicon wafers in advanced manufacturing of computer chips. It is an exacting, precise, and proven technology. We have adopted that technology to perfect the cutting surfaces of scalpels, creating a smoother, nano-perfected cutting surface, and delivering a long overdue improvement to a critical surgical tool. To be clear, we are not manufacturing scalpels or sharpening them, we are instead using advanced technology to perfect them, making the blade edges smoother, so that we can get extraordinary new technology in the hands of today’s exceptional surgeons.

Standard scalpel edge through microscope
Planatome scalpel edge through microscope

Precision at an Atomic Level 

When you examine the edge of traditional scalpels, you can immediately see the imperfections, or defects. What you see in the image below is what today’s surgeons are using. These minute but jagged edges cause surgically induced tissue trauma as the surgeon makes an incision. This additional tissue damage leads to more bleeding and longer wound healing times. With Planatome Technology, the scalpel edge is smooth and perfected to an atomic level providing a cleaner incision.

With Planatome Technology, surgeons and patients get a more precise incision causing less damage to the surface and underlying tissues resulting in faster healing, improved scarring, and less pain and nerve damage.

Standard scalpel top down view through microscope
Planatome scalpel top down view through microscope
Planatome blade on scalpel

Finally, there is a new scalpel option. And thanks to advanced technology, the difference is extraordinary.