J&J Subsidiary Ethicon Launches Surgical Stapler Designed to Reduce Leaks

Its design provides surgeons with the option to keep the device halves locked, or to separate them.

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Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson MedTech company, announced the U.S. launch of the ECHELON LINEAR Cutter. The company said it is the first linear cutter to market with 3D-Stapling Technology and Gripping Surface Technology (GST) – two capabilities that could enable greater staple line security. It said the surgical stapler delivered 47% fewer leaks at the staple line to help reduce surgical risks. Its design provides surgeons with the option to keep the device halves locked, or to separate them, offering more control of the device placement when navigating the differing needs of each patient’s anatomy.

The ECHELON LINEAR Cutter is the latest colorectal surgical solution added to the ECHELON portfolio, bringing forward similar stapling capabilities in advancing staple line security as ECHELON CIRCULAR Powered Stapler and ECHELON 3000. ECHELON LINEAR Cutter will soon be added to a clinical and real-world evidence program for advanced stapling that includes the publication of nine peer-reviewed studies in seven countries spanning more than 700 hospitals and over 46,000 patients, as clinical evidence is generated post-launch.

The design and development of the ECHELON LINEAR Cutter was informed by input from surgeons, as well as Ethicon’s deep understanding of the properties of living tissue and its interaction with devices. It’s these insights – coupled with a purpose-driven approach to innovation – that have resulted in the product’s greater device control, staple line integrity and staple consistency, ultimately helping to drive improved patient outcomes.

Ethicon partners with hospitals, surgeons, and surgical staff to capture the learnings gained from performing countless procedures to address unmet clinical needs and deliver on the transformative promise of digital surgery. Its latest technologies and state-of-the-art training connect the vast knowledge, resourcefulness, and deep experience across the continuum of care for more informed decision making and better connectivity on behalf of patients pre- and post-operatively.

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