Ethicon Endo-Surgery launch one-handed articulating endocutter
21 October 2009
Ethicon Endo-Surgery has launched the Echelon Flex
Endopath Stapler, an articulating endocutter designed to be fully
operated with one hand.
The novel one-handed design, which includes enhanced articulating
capabilities, is designed to provide surgeons with improved access and
precision during surgery while reducing interruptions.
The endocutter, which is used to cut and staple tissue, has applications
in a variety of surgical procedures, including bariatric, thoracic,
colorectal, gynaecologic, urologic and general surgery.
It has has been successfully trialled for the first time in the EU by
Dr. Bruno Dillemans, bariatric surgeon at Hospital AZ St.-Jan in Bruges,
Belgium, who completed three gastric bypass procedures using the new
“There has been a strong desire among surgeons for a one-handed,
articulating mechanical stapler so this device has the potential to fill
that demand,” said Dr. Bruno Dillemans. “A surgeon’s ability to
precisely manipulate these devices is critical to a successful surgery.
Improvements in articulation can greatly impact the overall surgical
experience for the surgeon and ultimately lead to better patient
The improved articulating capabilities combined with the one-handed
operation of the device, represent a significant advancement when
compared to traditional lever-based, two-handed endocutters. Surgeons
will gain greater access to transection sites that are difficult to
reach and increase their precision in placing the device.
The ability to operate an endocutter with one hand may also reduce
instrument exchange between surgeon and surgical team, decreasing
interruptions and enhancing focus on the surgical field.
The one-handed operation capabilities are complimented by a shorter
grip span and improved force-to-fire. These ergonomic features of the
endocutter are intended to improve comfort and ease of use for surgeons.