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 provides innovative energy solutions, delivering 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 precise and efficient dissection
  • Advanced bipolar energy for secure haemostasis and sealing of vessels up to 7mm 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 represents the latest development of energy use in surgery and it will allow surgeons to be much more efficient in their procedures. The patient has shorter anesthesia and the healthcare team gets through the procedure more quickly.

Jeffrey W. Milsom MD, chief of colon and rectal surgery and professor of surgery at
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City



THUNDERBEAT bipolar energy combined with the "wiper jaw" design provides reliable vessel sealing for large mesenteric vessels up to 7mm.

The combination of ultrasonic and bipolar energy offers efficient dissection and transection during colon mobilisation whilst the fine tip design aids in deep, pelvic dissection and spot coagulation of bleeders.


THUNDERBEAT bipolar energy provides reliable sealing for hepatic vessels up to 7mm. The combination of ultrasonic and bipolar energy offers efficient dissection and rapid transection of the hepatic parenchyma. The narrow jaw profile and ability to cut to the tip without cavitation allows careful dissection of the hepatic hilum and skeletonisation of the portal vein.

Dissection of major vessels

The unique THUNDERBEAT hybrid technology provides secure vessel-sealing and precise dissection that enables surgeons to expose and isolate the major vessels precisely while reducing the risk of damaging important structures. THUNDERBEAT enables fast and effective transection of the parenchymal tissue, reducing the need for instrument exchange, thus increasing procedural efficiency.


THUNDERBEAT bipolar energy provides secure vessel sealing for short gastric vessels up to 7mm and reliable haemostasis when chasing bleeders. Rapid dissection is achieved in gastric sleeve and bypass procedures with the combination of ultrasonic and bipolar energy. The instrument's fine jaw design also offers precise dissection, adhesiolysis and atraumatic grasping capability during revisional procedures.


When performing thyroidectomy procedures, THUNDERBEAT Open Fine Jaw offers the precision and versatility to securely ligate all thyroid vessels, achieving a fast, blood-dry mobilisation of the gland. The fine tip design ensures careful dissection around delicate structures such as the the trachea and vagus nerve.

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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