Ethicon, a part of J&J, just unveiled the ECHELON CIRCULAR, which the company touts as the first powered circular stapler specifically designed for colorectal, gastric, and thoracic procedures.
The device features so-called “Gripping Surface Technology” that is supposedly more tender on the tissues being stapled, distributing forces to reduce potential damage. Also, the staples are slightly twisted when applied, and so grip tissues from different angles, which Ethicon says distributes compression better and reduces leaks along the staple line while not compromising perfusion. Moreover, compared with its main competitor, the Medtronic DST Series EEA Stapler, Ethicon’s ECHELON CIRCULAR reduces the amount of movement at the tip during the firing of staples. This is thanks to its powered trigger that is very light on the finger pressing it.
“The ECHELON CIRCULAR Powered Stapler gives me the confidence that I can create a secure and more reproducible anastomosis,” said Ron Landmann, MD, FASCRS, Section Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center and a paid consultant at Ethicon. “The new 3D technology and Gripping Surface Technology allows for the creation of air-tight and fluid-tight anastomoses that can help reduce the risk of complications from leaks which can have a significant impact on patient outcomes.”
Here’s an Ethicon video describing the workings of the ECHELON CIRCULAR and how it compares with the Medtronic DST Series EEA Stapler, its main competitor:
Product page: ECHELON CIRCULAR Powered Stapler