Since its foundation in 1955, Oertli has developed from a factory for manufacturing surgical instruments to a worldwide leading provider of surgical platforms and instruments for eye surgery. The story of Oertli thrives on innovations, highlights and scientific success.

In 1955, Heinz A. Oertli founded his «Factory for the production of surgical instruments» in St. Gall. With great manual skills and creative ideas, he quickly secured the attention of the rapidly developing ophthalmology surgery. Besides manual instruments of remarkable Swiss quality, he also developed some real pioneer products at an early stage of his career. He developed, among other products, the implants for enucleation (1957) and sterile suture material and needle material (1959).

International establishment of Oertli started in 1965 with the development – in collaboration with Professor Rudolf Klöti (Zurich) – of the first instrument in the world for the removal of the vitreous body (vitrectomy). This pioneer act made retinal surgery possible for the first time. Since then, Oertli has maintained its leading position in this field, not least by reinforcing it with path-breaking equipment for cataract surgery.

In recent years, Oertli has largely contributed to the technical progress in eye surgery thanks to its numerous innovations, patented procedures and consistently high quality standards. The focus on our core competences and high interdisciplinary know-how are central aspects of our success. Today, we master the development, production and distribution of complex electronic control devices, highly precise micro-instruments and sterile surgical accessories. Over 180 employees work at our production location in Berneck in the St. Gall Rhine Valley – and ensure the continuation of our success story every day.

The historical development of Oertli
1955 Foundation by Heinz A. Oertli
1965 Pioneer work in vitrectomy with Professor Klöti
1971 Invention: First vitrectomy cutter "Klöti"
1972 Invention: First ophthalmological bipolar diathermy
1974 Invention: First surgical platform for vitrectomy
1980 Invention: First contamination-free cassette concept
1985 Invention: First dual linear foot pedal control
1991 Invention: First bipolar capsulotomy
1991 Market introduction: Orbit surgical system
1992 Purchase of the company by Andreas Bosshard
1994 Market introduction: Quinto surgical system
1996 Invention: First Venturi/peristaltic dual pump system
1997 Market introduction: CataRhex – the portable phaco system
2001 Invention: HFDS (High Frequency Deep Sclerotomy)
2002 Market introduction: OS3 surgical platform for cataract and vitreoretinal surgery
2004 Market introduction: CataRhex SwissTech High Intelligence phaco system
2005 Invention: First pneumatic vitrectomy cutter for 23G and 25G
2006 Market introduction: Tips for CO-MICS 1.6 mm cataract surgery
2006 Market introduction: Pars plana micro-incision system for 23G and 25G
2007 Market introduction: Goodlight metal halide light source
2008 Invention: First Autoseal trocar system
2008 Invention: easyPhaco technology for CO-MICS 1.8 mm
2009 Invention: easyPhaco technology for 2.2 mm
2009 Market introduction: Faros compact device for cataract and vitrectomy surgery
2010 Oertli wins the SVC regional award for Eastern Switzerland
2010 Invention: easyPhaco technology for 2.8 mm
2010 Change in business management from the first to the second generation of the Bosshard family
2011 Market introduction: Autoseal trocar one step system
2012 Market introduction: Advanced Goodlight LED light source
2013 Market introduction: Quick Tips with Safety Design for Irrigation/Aspiration
2013 Market introduction: CataRhex 3 third generation of the portable phaco system
2013 Invention: CortexMode pump system
2014 Market introduction: 25G Caliburn pars plana trocar system
2015 Market introduction: OS 4 All-in-one-surgical platform
2015 Invention: Continuous Flow Cutter
2015 Invention: SPEEPMode, the unique three-pump system
2016 Oertli wins the Rhine Valley Economy Award
2018 Market introduction: new Faros
2019 Market introduction: Silicone oil application set