Ethicon launches powered circular stapler for colorectal, gastric and thoracic surgery

Sept. 25, 2019

To help address a serious complication associated with colorectal, gastric and thoracic surgery, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies announced that Ethicon has launched a powered circular stapler.

The ECHELON CIRCULAR Powered Stapler is purported to reduce leaks by 61% at the staple line compared to Medtronic’s DST Series EEA Stapler.

The stapler combines two innovative Ethicon technologies -- 3D Stapling Technology that evenly distributes compression and Gripping Surface Technology (GST), which provides gentler handling to reduce compressive forces on tissues. Together these technologies significantly reduce leaks at the staple line without compromising perfusion, which includes the passage of fluid through the blood stream or lymphatic system.

Anastomosis is a procedure where surgeons reconnect healthy tissue after a diseased area is removed. For example, in colorectal surgery, when part of an intestine is taken out during surgery, the remaining two ends are surgically reattached with sutures or staples. If not attached securely, an anastomotic leak can occur, which can lead to increased length of hospital stay, increased healthcare costs, and/or death.

The ECHELON CIRCULAR’s one-finger push button firing reduces force to fire by 97 percent and delivers 37 percent less movement at the distal tip for increased stability. By significantly reducing force to fire and increasing stability, the advanced stapling device standardizes performance and helps minimize variation in usage, which may lead to improved outcomes.