As December ends, Enova Illumination brings its 10th Anniversary Celebration to a close. It has been a fun and exciting year. We’ve enjoyed commemorating our history, our success and our customers. We thank all of our customers, partners and distributors for making 2015 a fabulous year! We look forward to 2016 and wish all of you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
Second Grand Prize Sweepstakes Winner Chosen
We’ve selected a second Grand Prize Sweepstakes Winner and will draw one final name before the month ends. November’s winner is Dr. Charles Ledonio, who is the Director of Spine Research in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota. As a researcher, Dr. Ledonio provides us with a slightly different perspective on medicine; one that is equally fascinating.
He first saw Enova Illumination’s LED headlights at a North American Spine Society Meeting in 2013 and liked the XLT-125 headlight’s technology and the fact that Enova is based in Minnesota.
“In spine surgery we must work on both sides of the patient,” said Dr. Ledonio. “I’m impressed with the portability of the XLT-125 LED headlight. It provides optimal illumination in the surgical suite.”
We’re glad to hear this from a professional who spends his days evaluating new technology to improve patient recovery and outcomes. Dr. Ledonio has always been interested in biomechanics. After receiving his MD from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, he served as a medical resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at Makati Medical Center and did a Fellowship at the Nobuhara Hospital & Institute of Biomechanics in Japan which was sponsored by with Takeda Pharmaceuticals International, where he studied the pitching motion of baseball players.
“Orthopaedics involves biomechanics,” explained Dr. Ledonio. “When the body moves, it follows the Law of Physics. Biomechanics of the spine is specifically related to how the spine and its components work individually and as a unit to maintain the body in an upright forward facing position in all aspects of human locomotion and how trauma and degenerative disorders impact the spine.”
As the Director of Spine Research, Dr. Ledonio works with U faculty to assess new technology used in spine surgery. One project he shared involved his research on a 3-D computerized image guided navigation system for surgery.
“Before 3-D navigation, spine surgeons depended on 2-D images or use free-hand technique to insert implants into the spine,” said Dr. Ledonio. “We assessed the new technology for use in instrumented spine fusion. It has been an important advancement for spine surgery and we’ve seen safer and better patient outcomes when surgeons use 3-D navigation.”
Dr. Ledonio won Enova’s newest headlight, the Cyclops XLT-225. “I appreciate winning the headlight,” he said. “It is very bright and lightweight. We’re putting it to good use in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Lab.”
Disclaimer: The comments made in this article do not necessarily represent those of the University of Minnesota.
Enova Illumination Recognized for Cyclops XLT-225 LED Surgical Headlight
Enova Illumination was awarded the third place Lighting award in Surgical Products’ annual Excellence in Surgical Products Awards for its newest LED Surgical Headlight, the Cyclops XLT-225. Our headlight was featured in the November-December 2015 issue of Surgical Products article entitled, Shining a Light on OR Demands. Congratulations to first place winner Pare Surgical, for its NOVA Surgical Light Source, which is a disposable handheld surgical light with 3-D LED illumination for use in small incision surgery, and second place winner Steris, for its HarmonyAIR M-Series Surgical Lighting System, which uses LED technology in overhead surgical lighting.
Other Highlights From 2015
New Headlight. Enova introduced the Cyclops XLT-225 LED Surgical Headlight this year. At 225,000 Lux, this is the brightest LED headlight in the world and was designed for deep cavity surgeries. Its adjustable aperture ranges from 2” to 5” in diameter for exact spot size. Its coaxial design allows for adjustment to your individual height and angle of view requirements, and easy to use with or without loupes. At 11 ounces the Cyclops XLT-225 is lightweight and perfectly balanced for overall comfort. And, the extra thick replaceable foam headband liner makes it comfortable to wear during long surgeries. Learn More
New Partnership. Recognizing the advantages high definition, quality video provides physicians—and especially surgeons—brought Enova Illumination’s President Roger Heegaard together with Lars Kåhre, CEO of Novocam Medical Innovations. That same recognition is also the basis for their new joint venture that provides the world’s most powerful battery-operated LED headlight with high-quality point-of-view video recording with an integrated cloud platform for storing and sharing. Read More
New Standard in Headlights. Enova Illumination’s President Roger Heegaard appeared on Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland earlier this fall to discuss advancements made in LED surgical headlights. Taped in Los Angeles, this segment appeared on Fox Business Network and on Bloomberg International to over 50 countries around the world. During the interview, Heegaard shared information about Enova, what inspired the company to create the innovative LED surgical headlights, and introduced the Cyclops XLT-225. Read More
10th Anniversary Sweepstakes. When we launched the Anniversary Celebration activities, we had no idea how many surgeons would participate. It turns out quite a few of you enjoyed answering our trivia questions. We asked seven questions related to LED headlights, Enova and medical history. Here are the questions again, with the answers.
- Brightness can be measured in Lumen, Lux and Foot Candle. TRUE.
- Illumination from LED chips will not degrade with time. TRUE. Light quality and intensity will remain constant without any degradation.
- Who discovered chloroform? James Young Simpson discovered chloroform and John Snow, physician to Queen Victoria, pioneered it.
- Enova Illumination was the first manufacturer to introduce LED surgical headlights to the market. TRUE.
- Who is considered the “father” of modern scientific surgery? John Hunter
- Surgical scrubs are green or blue because these colors are easier on a surgeon’s eyes. TRUE. Scrubs used to be white until the early 20th century.
- Enova LED surgical headlights have been used in the television series Bones. TRUE.