Serving bariatric patients means taking a few extra measures in choosing your surgical equipment. Clearance, X-ray penetration, and weight capacity are all deeper concerns within this specialty than any other.
A number of systems available on the used and refurbished equipment market can meet the needs of bariatric surgery practitioners, but we've reviewed OEM specifications and the preferences and experiences of our customers to make our top C-arm and surgical table picks for the bariatric specialist.
Our favorite is the OEC 9800 Super C. In terms of patient positioning, the extended rotation and extra inches in the arc give greater clearance around larger patients. The X-ray tube of the Super C also has a rotating anode. This enables users to perform longer scans at the power levels required to penetrate the anatomy of obese subjects. At present, a refurbished 9800 Super C sells for around $72,000 - $77,000 depending on configuration, options, and warranty.
Also in the running is the Siemens Arcadis Avantic. In terms of raw power, it's the strongest C-arm on the used market. It also has the largest image intensifier at 13", with 4 mag modes. Refurbished Avantics currently sell for around $75,000 - $85,000, depending on configuration, options, and warranty.
We've found the best value in surgical tables to be the bariatric line from Surgical Tables Inc. (STI). The main functional upshot of these tables is their high weight capacity of up to 1,000 lbs. Bariatric tables are somewhat rare on the used or refurbished market, but STI's new units start at an aggressive price point. 4-movement bariatric tables list around $30,000 and 5-movement around $32,000.
The picks above are all great options for bariatrics, but they certainly aren't the only options. Whatever your specific C-arm needs might be, we want to help you choose the best equipment for your practice. To learn more, feel free to contact us or check out some our free C-arm resources.