What are Karl Storz instruments?
KARL STORZ is a global manufacturer and distributor of the finest endoscopes, medical instruments, and medical devices in the world. The company was founded in 1945 by Karl Storz, a pioneer in the medical device space who played a crucial role in the development of modern endoscopy. Today the company’s wide range of endoscopic instruments includes more than 15,000 products. Included among these cutting-edge instruments developed by the company are several globally distributed Karl Storz instruments for plastic surgery, which were specially designed by Manhattan-based facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Thomas Romo, III, FACS. Dr. Romo is the Director of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital (MEETH)/Northwell Health Systems, both in New York City.
Why did Dr. Thomas Romo III, develop a line of Karl Storz instruments?
The future of surgery relies on the development of surgical techniques that are increasingly minimally invasive. Smaller incisions produce quicker healing times. The new Romo-designed Karl Storz endoscopic instrument sets were developed to take advantage of this approach.
The Karl Storz optics and instruments are hand-fashioned. The visualization quality and clarity of the endoscopes are the clearest in the world, thereby providing the surgeon with 3D-quality vision. The surgical hand pieces are also ergonomically designed to provide surgeons with many options to accomplish their surgical goals.
As a result, the Romo-designed Karl Storz endoscopic facial instrument sets allow for more precision in surgery, which ultimately produces a more predictable facial surgical outcome.
Advantages of Romo-designed Karl Storz instruments include:
- Allow several facial plastic procedures to be performed endoscopically, that is, with a minimally invasive approach
- Allow for exact release of midface periosteal attachments and the preservation of the neurovascular structures of the face during surgery
- Ensure long-term tissue elevation and the proper position of healed facial structures
- Shortened operative times permit the addition of alternative facial surgical procedures to be performed safely
What procedures are Karl Storz instruments used for?
Using the cutting-edge Karl Storz instruments he designed, Dr. Romo can perform minimally invasive cosmetic surgery of the forehead and upper face, including:
- Temporal lift
- Midface lift
- Eyebrow lift
- Forehead lift
- Lateral face lift
As a world-renowned innovator in techniques for facial plastic surgery, Dr. Romo recently completed the Silver Book Edition on Endoscopic Brow Lifting and Endoscopic Midface Lifting for Karl Storz Endoscopy. These beautifully illustrated booklets and accompanying DVD demonstrate Dr. Romo’s techniques for minimally invasive cosmetic surgery of the forehead and midface. These materials are utilized worldwide to teach plastic surgeons Dr. Romo’s approach to managing the aging upper face.
In addition to the endoscopic forehead lift and midface lift instruments designed for Karl Storz, which are currently in worldwide distribution, Dr. Romo is also designing a new set of rhinoplasty instruments for Karl Storz.