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Ethicon launches Echelon Flex GST System for colorectal procedures in the US

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:19
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Ethicon has launched the Echelon Flex GST (Gripping Surface Technology) 45mm System in the US, the system is designed to control tissue movement in colorectal and thoracic surgery, and enable surgeons to transect as they intend, even in the most challenging tissue conditions. The Echelon Flex GST System is available in two lengths, 60mm and 45mm.

According to the company, with the addition of the 45mm endocutter, the Echelon Flex GST System now provides a complete offering that addresses the unique challenges of thoracic and colorectal procedures involving diseased, thick and thin tissue. The Echelon Flex GST System is uniquely designed to enable precision stapling performance with exceptional staple line integrity across the broadest range of tissue thickness, and is ideally suited for thoracic, colorectal and bariatric surgery.

“The Echelon Powered Endocutter family has been shown in a very large retrospective study to be associated with significantly reduced hemostasis complications as well as total hospital costs,” said Tom O’Brien, Vice President, Global Endomechanical Platform Leader at Ethicon. “The GST technology in this new device minimizes lateral tissue movement which may reduce mucosal bleeding and aids in the capture of all tissue layers, including the mucosa. Failure to capture the mucosa may disrupt the healing process, reduce transection site integrity and decrease staple line integrity.”

Designed for stability, the Echelon Flex GST System delivers less tissue slippage during firing by controlling tissue movement with pre-compression and Gripping Surface Technology, which is more likely to completely capture mucosa in the staple line versus the other leading endocutter on the market, the company claims. Better mucosal capture improves staple line integrity and leak resistance, and provides optimal conditions for tissue healing.