A Johnson & Johnson company, Ethicon, has announced its new powered circular stapler to assist clinicians with colorectal, gastric and thoracic surgeries should any complications arise.

Named the Echelon Circular Powered Stapler, it combines two of Ethicon’s existing technologies: the 3D Stapling Technology, and the Gripping Surface Technology. In both instances, the technologies are designed to reduce compression forces by evenly distributing the pressure on surrounding tissue.

Specifically, the new device will lower the risk of leaks along the staple line without having to compromise perfusion. Additionally, the use of the stapler will reduce the length in which patients will need to stay in hospitals, the associated healthcare costs, and even the risk of post-surgery fatalities.

A surgeon at Florida’s Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Ron Landmann, said: “The Echelon Circular Powered Stapler gives me the confidence that I can create a secure and more reproducible anastomosis. [It] 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.”

Ethicon’s worldwide president endomechanical, Tom O’Brien, added: “Ethicon looks at the entire surgical experience for opportunities to enhance patient outcomes, increase patient satisfaction and reduce cost to healthcare systems. We then bring together our latest science, technology, and evidence to create surgical solutions like Echleon Circular Powered Stapler. We are relentless in our pursuit of surgical solutions to the most complex and challenging surgical problems and focus on delivering those solutions that deliver the best outcomes in real-world clinical settings.”

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