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Ethicon Endo-Surgery Introduces HARMONIC FOCUS(R) Long Curved Shears for Deep Surgical Access
Date:5/11/2010

CINCINNATI, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery today introduced a new addition to its HARMONIC® line of surgical devices, the HARMONIC FOCUS® Long Curved Shears, which is specifically designed for use in open procedures that require deep access. The HARMONIC FOCUS® Long Curved Shears enable surgeons to dissect, cut, coagulate and grasp using precise ultrasonic energy that minimizes thermal damage to patients while providing surgical efficiency. Surgical oncologists, liver surgeons, general surgeons and colorectal surgeons often need deep access in upper gastrointestinal and colorectal procedures. The HARMONIC FOCUS® Long Curved Shears provide surgeons an alternative to the traditional "clamp, cut and tie" technique using advanced energy.

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"Ultrasonic energy is an invaluable asset in surgery because of the precision and efficiency it brings," said Christopher Sonnenday, M.D., M.H.S, assistant professor of surgery and of health management and policy at the University of Michigan. "The right surgical technique and instrumentation is vital, and there are fundamental differences between open and minimally invasive surgery, particularly those that require deep access. A device that has the look and feel of traditional surgical tools but brings the benefits of advanced energy will be an important instrument for many surgeons that can contribute to the overall success of a procedure."

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