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Ethicon Endo-Surgery Launches New Echelon Flex(TM) Endopath(R) Stapler That Delivers Echelon(TM) Compression, Now With Natural Articulation
Date:10/12/2009

CHICAGO, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery today announced the launch of the Echelon Flex(TM) Endopath® Stapler, which delivers system wide compression in a novel way through the first and only articulating mechanical endocutter designed to be fully operated with one hand. The one-handed design of the device, which builds upon other proven Echelon(TM) Endopath® products with the addition of a wider jaw and natural articulation, is intended to provide surgeons with improved access and precision in placing the device during surgery to help reduce tissue damage and surgical instrument exchanges. The endocutter is used to cut and staple tissue in a variety of surgical procedures, including bariatric, thoracic, colorectal, gynecologic, urologic and general surgery. The company unveiled the new product at the 95th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

"There has been a strong desire among surgeons for a one-handed, articulating mechanical stapler, so the Echelon Flex(TM) Endopath® has the potential to fill that demand," said Alan Wittgrove, M.D., laparoscopic gastric bypass surgeon of the Wittgrove Bariatric Surgery Center and former president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery*. "For me, this latest device from the Echelon product line is the most intuitive stapler I've used. A surgeon's ability to gently and precisely manipulate tissue is a critical component when evaluating the overall success of a surgery. Improved access through articulation in an endocutter can help improve the surgical experience for the surgeon."

As surgical devices have evolved to enable minimally invasive surgery, a surgeon's physical interaction with tissue has increasingly become more complex and to some degree, indirect. To help surgeons reduce tissue damage associated with the use of an endocutter, tissue dynamics, and the way in which devices interact with tissue, were at the fo
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