Ethicon, a division of J&J, will be unveiling its brand new laparoscopic ECHELON FLEX GST System which consists of the ECHELON FLEX Powered Plus Stapler and the ENDOPATH ECHELON Reloads with Gripping Surface Technology (GST). The device has been developed to place staples while maintaining the position of the stapled tissue, hopefully resulting in cleaner, more predictable results and leading to fewer staple reloads.
The set should be available for purchase in the U.S. and Europe later this year.
Some details about the device and staples Ethicon is touting in its announcement:
In testing, the ECHELON FLEX GST System resulted in 4-times less tissue slippage during firing compared to Covidien’s ENDO GIA™ Reloads with TriStaple™ technology, which may eliminate one reload per procedure. Less tissue slippage during firing may provide reliable staple formation across a range of tissue thicknesses with each reload. Built upon the benefit of stability with a powered firing, the ECHELON FLEX™ GST System provides the least tissue slippage for the least movement during firing.
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