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Ethicon has announced the launch of Echelon Endopath Staple Line Reinforcement (SLR), a novel buttressing device designed to further strengthen staple lines and reduce potential complications during bariatric, thoracic and general surgical procedures. This is the company’s first buttress solution designed for use with Echelon Flex Powered Staplers with GST reloads.

Ethicon developed the Echelon Endopath SLR to help surgeons who want even more strength around the staple line and to overcome issues with current buttressing options which can be difficult to load, result in inconsistent staple line coverage and may loosen with typical maneuvering during stapling procedures.

“The Echelon Endopath SLR takes a different approach to buttressing that offers significant improvements in ease of use, functionality and OR efficiency. For those who buttress, I expect this will become their preferred solution,” said Neil Floch MD, FACS, director of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, Norwalk Hospital.

“Designed for ease of use, the echelon endopath SLR delivers a seamless buttress experience from start to finish. The device’s simple click-and-go applicator and proprietary buttress attachment material are designed for precise control, consistent and quicker loading, and a more secure attachment for uninterrupted tissue manipulation and release. The new device prevents the slipping, twisting, sliding or bunching that can occur with other buttress options and provides greater stability when manipulating tissue,” according to a news release.

“The Echelon Endopath SLR also provides exceptional coverage after tissue manipulation. Studies show 100% of its applications covered all staples with buttress compared to 28% for Gore Seamguard Bioabsorbable SLR and 0% for Medtronic’s Endo GIA Reinforced Reload with Tri-Staple Technology. The Ethicon device also showed higher average reinforcement and takes fewer steps and less time to load than the GORE product,” the release adds.

“The launch of the Echelon Endopath SLR marks a new milestone in Ethicon’s continuing commitment to provide a better way to staple, and now a better way to buttress, when needed in minimally invasive surgical procedures,” said Tom O’Brien, worldwide president endomechanical, Ethicon Inc. “At Ethicon, we continually look for ways to optimize usability for surgeons and improve patient outcomes.”

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