Johnson & Johnson MedTech’s subsidiary Ethicon has launched the next-generation digitally-enabled ECHELON 3000 Stapler for surgeons in the US.

The new advanced surgical device has been designed to staple and transect different tissue types in open and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

It is designed with a 27% bigger articulation span and 39% bigger jaw aperture.

This allows surgeons to have better access and control over each transection, even on challenging tissue or in tight spaces.

The ECHELON 3000 has software that provides real-time haptic and audible feedback, which allows surgeons to make critical adjustments during procedures. It also includes powered firing and articulation.

Building upon the ECHELON+ Stapler with gripping surface technology (GST) Reloads, the device will offer advanced staple line security and deliver fewer leakage pathways at the staple line.

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Available in 45mm and 60mm sizes, ECHELON 3000 Staplers are sterile, single-patient-use instruments that simultaneously cut and staple tissue.

Ethicon Endomechanical worldwide president Tom O’Brien said: “Surgical complications often stem from difficult-to-access anatomy and compromised tissue, which this next-generation ECHELON stapler is specifically designed to address.

“Our goal, with ECHELON 3000, is to arm surgeons with a device that helps address the root causes of surgical complications, enabling them to successfully navigate the differing needs of each patient’s anatomy, deliver on their preoperative plans and ultimately make a meaningful difference in patient outcomes.”

The company stated that the ECHELON 3000 has six staggered rows of staples, three on either side of the cut line, a shaft that can rotate 360⁰ and an articulation mechanism to facilitate lateral access to the operative site.

The device can be used in colorectal, thoracic, and bariatric or gastric laparoscopic procedures.

It can also be used for transection and resection of the kidney, spleen, pancreas and liver parenchyma, such as hepatic vasculature and biliary structures,