Ethicon announced the global launch of a new powered surgical stapler, the Echelon+ stapler with gripping surface technology (GST) reloads.
Echelon+ is designed to increase staple line security and reduce complications through more uniform tissue compression and better staple formation, even in challenging situations, according to the company, a division of Johnson & Johnson.
New design features include a re-engineered anvil that, with GST reloads, can provide more uniform compression to better capture and form staples. A new motor improves firing speed in thick tissue to enhance compression and improve audible feedback, the company said in a news release. In recent benchtop testing, the Echelon+ stapler outperformed Medtronic’s Signia and EndoGIA staplers with tri-staple reloads, providing better staple formation and reducing leaks at the staple line, Ethicon added.
“The launch of the Echelon+ Stapler with GST reloads is another milestone in our continuing commitment to evidence-based innovation that can enhance the surgeon’s experience, improve patient outcomes and deliver meaningful clinical and economic value,” said Tom O’Brien, worldwide endomechanical president, of Ethicon, in the release. “Our goal is to always elevate the standard of surgical care.”