Ethicon, a part of J&J, today unveiled its ECHELON FLEX GST powered stapler and reload system. The device was developed to reduce slippage across tissue when firing off the staples.
The device features Ethicon’s “Gripping Surface Technology,” which the company claims leads to four times less slippage compared to a couple competing Covidien devices. Moreover, improved consistency during the delivery of staples can help avoid additional stapling and reloads, leading to improved results while reducing procedure time. The resulting stapling should end up with a consistent height in a straight line even with inconsistent tissue thickness along the stapling surface.
“Surgeons have long needed a stapling solution that enables reliable performance and staple line security without potential risk of additional tissue trauma, particularly in bariatric surgery procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy, where they may encounter an unexpected variance in tissue thickness,” in a statement said Dr. Elliott Fegelman, Senior Medical Director at Ethicon. “The exciting aspect of the ECHELON FLEX GST System is that you now have optimal compression integrated with better grasping during the firing sequence. This means consistent staple formation, which may help reduce the risk of a leak or bleeding across broad range tissue thicknesses thereby reducing the potential for complications.”