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According to the WHO, worldwide obesity rates have nearly tripled since 1975, affecting over 650 million adults aged 18 and over.1 As we begin to better understand the significant impact of obesity on people and the health care systems, Ethicon remains committed to working with multiple stakeholders to improve the treatment of this significant disease.
Shaping the Future of Surgery
Delivering Meaningful Innovation
Unpredictable tissue type and thickness are common during bariatric revision surgeries. The ECHELON FLEX GST System controls tissue movement to transect as you intend, even on challenging tissue.2†
Transforming Business Models
Over the last 20 years, Ethicon has significantly invested in the treatment of obesity and related diseases. Through a combination of enabling technologies, research, education and training, patient education, and policy initiatives, Ethicon is looking to shape the future of bariatric surgery.
Responding with a caring spirit
Care4Today is a Digital Care solution connecting the health care team and patients, ensuring a seamless flow of communication before and after bariatric & metabolic procedures, engaging and educating patients, reassuring and supporting them throughout the entire obesity treatment journey.
Over a Century of Meaningful Innovation
At Ethicon, weʼre focused on improving health outcomes for patients and helping solve the greatest health challenges… with only meaningful innovation. The kind that led to the creation of the first sutures, that helped revolutionize surgery with minimally invasive procedures, and that elevates standards of care around the world.
1887 — Sterile Sutures
Johnson & Johnson’s mass production of sterile sutures and other products ushered in the widespread practice of modern antiseptic surgery that dramatically raised survival rates.
1960 — SURGICEL Original
SURGICEL made history as the first oxidized regenerated cellulose hemostat introducing new options for clinicians to manage surgical bleeding.
1969 — PROLENE Polypropylene Suture
The first synthetic sterile suture, PROLENE Polypropylene Suture remains the gold standard for cardiac bypass surgery for its strength, secure knotting and biocompatibility.
1978 — PROXIMATE Disposable Skin Stapler
This game-changing skin stapler introduced disposable instruments to the OR. The success of disposable PROXIMATE opened the door to new innovations for open and minimally invasive procedures.
1979 — Coated VICRYL (polyglactin 910) Suture
Used by surgeons around the world today for general surgery use, Coated VICRYL (polyglactin 910) Suture balances the surgeon’s need for slide with knot security in achieving reliable approximation and closure.
1988 —Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
First Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and development of Minimally Invasive solutions
1993 — Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Founded in Ohio, Ethicon Endo-Surgery brought surgical technologies and solutions including staplers, energy devices and trocars.
1995 — Telesurgery
Our pioneering live telesurgery, Dr. J. Barry McKernan performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy at the American College of Surgeons’ annual meeting introduced clinicians to the possibilities of distance learning.
1998 — DERMABOND Topical Skin Adhesive
DERMABOND Topical Skin Adhesive paved the way for replacing sutures with a new generation of skin closure solutions.1
1998 — HARMONIC Shears
Our launch of the first 5mm HARMONIC shears allowed surgeons to dissect, cut and coagulate with one ultrasonic energy device that could also reduce thermal damage and preserve tissue function.
2000 — Fighting Obesity
Committed to shaping the future of surgery in the fight against obesity and metabolic diseases and helping to elevate the standard of care through research and evidence, best-in-class education and training, innovative products and expanding patient access to care.
2003 — PLUS Sutures
The first commercially available antibacterial suture, Coated VICRYL Plus Antibacterial (polyglactin 910) Suture broke new ground in addressing a known risk factor for surgical-site infections (SSI) by preventing bacterial colonization of the suture.
2011 — ECHELON FLEX Powered ENDOPATH Stapler
The first powered endocutter with system-wide compression and stability helped to fuel the revolution to minimally invasive approaches. Virtually effortless firing reduces unwanted movement of distal tip, potentially reducing damage to target and surrounding tissue and organs compared to manual stapler firings.1,*
2015 — VERB Surgical Partnership
Verb Surgical, founded in 2015, is developing a digital surgery platform built with technology from Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. Verb’s platform will include robotics, visualization, advanced instrumentation, data analytics, and connectivity.
2016 — NEUWAVE Medical Acquisition
Ethicon acquires NeuWave Medical, Inc., a company that manufactures and markets minimally invasive soft-tissue microwave ablation systems. This acquisition is consistent with the strategy of advancing innovation and investing in areas of unmet medical needs such as surgical oncology.
2017 — MEGADYNE Acquisition
The acquisition of Megadyne’s innovative portfolio of electrosurgical tools represents a major step forward in Ethicon’s goal to deliver the most comprehensive suite of intelligent energy solutions that enhance precision and efficiency in the operating room.
Introducing MEGA SOFT Universal Plus Patient Return Electrode
MEGA SOFT Universal Plus is the newest addition to the MEGA SOFT family. It is a lightweight pressure reduction pad3,4,5i for easy handling in the OR. MEGA SOFT Universal Plus was designed with more cushion to increase patient comfort,4ii to decrease pressure4ii and to be more durable4,6ii as compared to MEGA SOFT Universal.
We are proud to share that MEGA SOFT has been used in over 100 million procedures worldwide.7
Even in Unpredictable Situations
Bariatric revision surgeries demand predictable performance. The Ethicon Bariatric Revision Surgical Solution offers a portfolio of products from a company you know and trust to provide precision, efficiency and hemostasis.
World Class Education for a Worldwide Problem
Ethicon and the Johnson & Johnson Institute welcomed about 250 delegates to the sixth annual EMEA Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Symposium.
The program featured a world-renowned faculty of 22 experts from 16 different countries, who shared the latest science and innovation advancing surgery in the fight against obesity and metabolic diseases.
ECHELON FLEX GST System*
HARMONIC HD 1000i Shears
HARMONIC ACE+7 Shears with Advanced Hemostasis
STRATAFIX Spiral Knotless Tissue Control Device
SURGICEL SNoW Absorbable Haemostat
† Challenging tissue - thick, fragile, and varying thickness and density
* System components include ECHELON FLEX Powered Plus Stapler and ECHELON ENDOPATH Reloads with Gripping Surface Technology.
i. Compared to Mega Soft
ii. Compared to Mega Soft Universal
1. World Health Organization. Fact sheet obesity and overweight 2016. https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/obesity-and-overweight.
Accessed August 16, 2019
2. Ethicon, PRC076031B Tissue Performance Design Verification Test of 45mm Gripping Surface Technology (GST) Reloads with Echelon Flex 45mm Powered Plus Staplers, Sep 2016, Data on file Ethicon, PRC067394A Tissue flow and functional performance of ENDOPATH ECHELON™ Reloads (GST) and Covidien’s reloads with TriStaple™ technology, July 2014, Data on file (113328-190502 EMEA)
3. Ethicon, ENG-RPT-406, Verification Testing I, Universal Mega Soft, Oct 2013, Data on File. (115403-190529)
4. Ethicon, 28022018, Universal Plus Equivalency Memo, Feb 2018, Data on File. (115403-190529, 116660-190614, 116652-190614, 116657-190614)
5. Ethicon, 31072019, Megasoft Pad Weights Memo, July 2019, Data on File. (115403-190529)
6. Ethicon, 08032017, Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning of Mega Soft Return Electrodes (ENG-RPT-519), March 2017, Data on File (116657-190614)
7. Ethicon, 07082019, MegaSoft Sales and Procedures Calculation 2019, Aug 2019, Data on File. (117766-190702)