THUNDERBEAT Unique Hybrid Technology

The combination of ultrasonic and bipolar energy sets new standards in the application of advanced energy in the operating room.

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Olympus aims to provide innovative energy solutions delivering surgical safety and instrument versatility for efficient and streamlined operations with optimal patient outcomes.

THUNDERBEAT is the world’s first and only advanced energy system that delivers two well-established forms of energy to a tissue simultaneously:

  • Ultrasonic energy for superior dissection and fast cutting
  • Advanced bipolar energy for secure haemostasis and sealing of vessels up to 7 mm in diameter

THUNDERBEAT TYPE S with Intelligent Tissue Monitoring

At Olympus, we are committed to the pursuit of uncompromised safety and reliability. The THUNDERBEAT Front-actuated Grip Type S has been developed with new safety features besides the inherited advantages of its predecessor. Safety is further enhanced by the newly developed Intelligent Tissue Monitoring technology which uses sophisticated detection technology to control ultrasonic activation. These improvements deliver breakthrough THUNDERBEAT performance that facilitates seamless and efficient surgery.



THUNDERBEAT's hybrid bipolar and ultrasonic technology provides efficient isolation, sealing and transecting of uterine vessels and ligaments for laparoscopic, vaginal or open procedures. In radical cases involving pelvic lymph node dissection, the fine and curved jaw design facilitates the delicate separation of lymph nodes from the surrounding tissue and vasculature.

Advanced Features and Benefits

Intelligent Tissue Monitoring

This safety-assist technology stops ultrasonic activation to prevent excessive temperature increases. It achieves this using intelligent monitoring technology that detects the small change in ultrasonic impedance that occurs once the tissue has been dissected.

Primary Haemostasis and Secure Vessel Sealing

THUNDERBEAT SEAL & CUT mode delivers ultrasonic and bipolar energy simultaneously to provide stable vessel sealing and fast tissue transection. Fewer vessel-ligation steps are required due to the ability of pre-coagulation as well as due to the secure cutting and sealing of 7mm vessels.

Secondary Haemostasis

The THUNDERBEAT SEAL mode without simultaneous cutting allows for:

  • Immediate sealing of secondary bleeding
  • Control of oozing bleeding by spot coagulation
  • Pre-sealing of vessels through the precise application of advanced bipolar energy

Superior Dissection with Optimal Temperature Control

THUNDERBEAT allows for sharp and blunt dissection of the correct anatomic layers even in hard-to-reach places, such as deep pelvic areas.

Fast Tissue Cutting

The unique hybrid technology causes a synergistic effect that contributes to fast tissue transection.

All-in-One Versatility

The patented tip and ergonomic handle design make THUNDERBEAT a true multifunctional instrument:

  • Atraumatic grasping and uniform tissue compression
  • High tip-opening forces for blunt tissue manipulation
  • Fast and reliable haemostasis
  • Reduced mist generation for improved visibility

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Clinical Evidence

  1. 1.Safety and efficacy of new integrated bipolar and ultrasonic scissors compared to conventional laparoscopic 5-mm sealing and cutting instruments. Seehofer et al. Surg Endosc. 2012 Sep;26(9):2541-9. doi: 10.1007/s00464-012-2229-0. Epub 2012 Mar 24.
  2. 2.Pilot study of pulmonary arterial branch sealing using energy devices in an ex vivo model. Liberman et al. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Dec;148(6):3219-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.05.089. Epub 2014 Jul 19.
  3. 3.Ultrasonic, bipolar, and integrated energy devices: comparing heat spread in collateral tissues. Applewhite et al. J Surg Res. 2017 Jan;207:249-254. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2016.06.077. Epub 2016 Jul 5
  4. 4.Evaluation of the safety, efficacy, and versatility of a new surgical energy device (THUNDERBEAT) in comparison with Harmonic ACE, LigaSure V, and EnSeal devices in a porcine model. Milsom et al. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2012 May;22(4):378-86. doi: 10.1089/lap.2011.0420. Epub 2012 Feb 24.
  5. 5.A prospective trial evaluating the clinical performance of a novel surgical energy device in laparoscopic colon surgery. Milsom et al. Surg Endosc. 2015 May;29(5):1161-6. doi: 10.1007/s00464-014-3783-4. Epub 2014 Aug 27.
  6. 6.TransOral endoscopic UltraSonic Surgery (TOUSS): a preliminary report of a novel robotless alternative to TORS. Fernández et al. Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2015 Dec;272(12):3785-91. doi: 10.1007/s00405-014-3423-6. Epub 2014 Dec 16.
  7. 7.Evaluation of Vessel Sealing Performance Among Ultrasonic Devices in a Porcine Model. Tanaka et al. Surg Innov. 2015 Aug;22(4):338-43. doi: 10.1177/1553350615579730. Epub 2015 Apr 7.
  8. 8.Thermal injury of the recurrent laryngeal nerve by THUNDERBEAT during thyroid surgery: findings from continuous intraoperative neuromonitoring in a porcine model. Kwaket al. J Surg Res. 2016 Jan;200(1):177-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2015.06.066. Epub 2015 Jul 6.
  9. 9.Comparison of the harmonic focus and the thunderbeat for open thyroidectomy. Van Slycke et al. Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2016 Sep;401(6):851-9. doi: 10.1007/s00423-016-1448-6. Epub 2016 May 25.
  10. 10.Postoperative efficacy and safety of vessel sealing: an experimental study on carotid ateries of the pig. Berdah et al. Surg Endosc. (2012) 26(8):2388-2393

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