CINCINNATI, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To further reduce the risk of tissue trauma during laparoscopic surgery, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES), announced today the launch of the ECHELON FLEX™ Powered ENDOPATH® Stapler -- the industry's first powered endocutter with enhanced system-wide compression and stability. Developed in collaboration with surgeons worldwide, Powered ECHELON FLEX™ allows greater instrument stability with at least 63 percent reduction in tip movement during tissue cutting and stapling compared to the Endo GIA™ Ultra and the Endo GIA™ Universal.(1, 2)
More Stability, More Confident Stapling with Powered ECHELON FLEX™When using endoscopic stapling devices in laparoscopic surgical procedures, stability is critical to the safe and effective use of the device. Surgeons need stapling devices to operate smoothly and consistently to reduce inadvertent movement of the distal tip during firing; potentially resulting in less trauma to the targeted area and surrounding vital organs and tissue from damage. The Powered ECHELON FLEX™ Stapler is the first powered endocutter with system-wide compression and stability, meaning it delivers consistent, properly formed staples across the entire length of the staple line by maintaining a uniform gap in the jaws from the instrument's proximal end to distal tip.
According to Robin Blackstone, M.D., FACS, Medical Director and Bariatric Surgeon at the Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center, "the benefits of the device are immediately evident when you use it. I am particularly pleased with the control and ease of operation of the Powered ECHELON FLEX™ stapler, which provides smooth, consistent compression and firing, and maneuverability. I can see how it will be of enormous value in procedures that involve thick tissue and challenging angles."
System-Wide Compression is Critical to EES' Approach to Safe and Effective StaplingCompression (the balance of pressure over time) is a critical component of the EES approach to safe and effective surgical stapling. Prior to stapling, applying compression over time ensures a more consistent thickness in the targeted tissue. After tissue is compressed, it is ready to accommodate a securely closed staple. Proper staple formation is necessary to achieve a leak-proof and hemostatic staple line.
"At EES, understanding the scientific properties of living tissue and its relationship with surgical instruments is the foundation upon which we develop our instruments," said Gabe Szabo, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ethicon Endo-Surgery. "With the launch of the ECHELON FLEX™ Powered ENDOPATH® Stapler, we have again applied our science of tissue management in order to find ways to improve surgical outcomes for patients. Through the addition of powered technology to our proven ECHELON FLEX™ platform, surgeons will benefit from a solution that combines enhanced system-wide compression and effortless firing to improve stability of the tip on or near vital structures and in thick tissue."
The Advantages of Surgeon-Controlled Power The Powered ECHELON FLEX™ stapler offers surgeons the advantages of powered, controlled firing through advanced features including:
Other key product features and benefits include:
The ECHELON FLEX™ Powered ENDOPATH® Stapler will initially be available in a 60mm length. For more information and to view videos of Powered ECHELON FLEX™ in use, please visit: www.ethiconendosurgery.com/poweredechelonflex
About EES ECHELON FLEX™ Endocutters ECHELON FLEX™ endocutters are used in more procedures than all other brands. The new Powered ECHELON FLEX™ provides the same performance and benefits of the proven ECHELON FLEX™ platform: natural articulation to improve precision compared to traditional lever-based, two-handed endocutters; great articulation angle to help access transection sites that are difficult to reach; and the ability to grasp, hold and manipulate tissue without the use of a second device. The Powered ECHELON FLEX™ uses the same wide range of cartridges as the ECHELON FLEX™.
About Ethicon Endo-Surgery Ethicon Endo-Surgery is the world's leader in providing advanced medical devices for minimally invasive and open surgical procedures, focusing on procedure-enabling devices for the interventional diagnosis and treatment of conditions in general and bariatric surgery, as well as gastrointestinal health, gynecology and surgical oncology. More information can be found at www.ethiconendosurgery.com.
ECHELON FLEX™ Powered ENDOPATH® Stapler(1)
Benchtop testing on porcine stomach (2.5-4mm thick). Surgeons (n=19) fired each instrument/reload once: PSE60A/ECR60G, 030449/030459, and EGIAUSTND/EGIA60AMT. Distal tip motion measurement during the firing cycle showed at least 63 percent reduction in tip movement of PSE60A/ECR60G vs. the other two devices. (2)
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Benchtop testing on porcine stomach (2.5-4mm thick). Surgeons (n=19) fired each instrument/reload once: PSE60A/ECR60G, 030449/030459, and EGIAUSTND/EGIA60AMT. Distal tip motion measurement during the firing cycle showed at least 63 percent reduction in tip movement of PSE60A/ECR60G vs. the other two devices.Contact:
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