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Ethicon gains US clearance of the Echelon Flex GST System (45mm)

The Echelon Flex GST system will now feature a 45mm Endocutter with exclusive gripping surface technology reloads

Ethicon has announced that the Echelon FlexGST System (45mm) has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA, with this addition, the Echelon FlexGST System now offers both 45mm and 60mm endocutters with exclusive reloads. According to the company, the importance of endocutters continues to grow as more complex surgeries are being performed through minimally invasive approaches.

The Echelon Flex GST System controls tissue movement to ensure surgeons transect exactly as intended, which is especially important when dealing with the most challenging tissue. The Echelon Flex GST System (45mm) represents performance improvements across several specialties including thoracic, colorectal and bariatric, enhancing Ethicon’s portfolio of advanced endoscopic staplers.

“Ethicon is committed to bringing innovative products to market that are designed to reduce complications in the most challenging oncology and metabolic surgical cases.” said Tom O’Brien, Vice President, Global Endomechanical Platform Leader. “The Echelon FlexGST System controls tissue movement with pre-compression and Gripping Surface Technology2, which is seven times more likely to completely capture mucosa in the staple line versus the other leading endocutter on the market, optimizing tissue for healing.”

According to the company, tissue movement or slippage during firing can result in poorly formed and spaced staples as well as the need for extra firings to complete the intended tissue transection. Through proprietary Gripping Surface Technology (GST), the Echelon Flex GST System provides a more secure hold on tissue to deliver four times less tissue slippage for more targeted tissue transections and the potential to eliminate one reload per procedure, according to benchtop testing, which may provide enhanced economic value. Less tissue slippage during firing also results in consistent staple formation across a range of tissue thicknesses with each reload.

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