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Shaping the Future of Surgery
Research & Evidence
Ethicon is excited about dispelling myths and misconceptions about bariatric surgery by sponsoring an editorial series in General Surgery News titled, “The Answered and Unanswered Questions in Bariatric Surgery.”
Recognizing World Obesity Day with a live webinar - Changing the Narrative: Addressing Weight Bias and Stigma
March 4th at 7pm EDT
Access to Care
Ethicon efforts have helped expand and protect access to bariatric surgery. And we continue to lead the way to improve patient access to surgery.
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 and set a new standard for managing surgical bleeding.
1969 — PROLENE® Polypropylene Suture
The first synthetic sterile suture, PROLENE® Polypropylene Suture is used in 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
The first FDA-approved topical skin adhesive in the U.S., DERMABOND® Topical Skin Adhesive paved the way for replacing sutures with a new generation of skin closure solutions.1,2
1998 — HARMONIC® Shears
Our launch of the first 5mm HARMONIC® shears allowed surgeons for the first time to dissect, cut and coagulate with one ultrasonic energy device with minimal lateral thermal damage.
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), bacterial colonization of the suture.3
2011 — ECHELON FLEX™ Powered ENDOPATH® Stapler
This first powered endocutter with system-wide compression and stability helped to fuel the revolution to minimally invasive approaches. Less unwanted movement of the tip offered the potential for reduced trauma to vital structures, even in thick tissue and at awkward angles.
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.
ECHELON FLEX™ GST System
The ECHELON FLEX GST System* controls tissue movement to enable you to transect as you intend even on the most challenging tissue.
HARMONIC® HD 1000i Shears
HARMONIC® HD 1000i Shears offers a seamless combination of unmatched precision, unparalleled strength, and optimal efficiency.
STRATAFIX™ Spiral Knotless Tissue Control Device
STRATAFIX Spiral & Spiral Plus Knotless Tissue Control Devices offer a broad range of unidirectional and bidirectional devices, offers the smooth glide of a traditional suture.4-8
HARMONIC ACE®+7 Shears with Advanced Hemostasis
Uniting the precision and multifunctionality of HARMONIC® Shears with strong, secure vessel sealing.
There are risks with any surgery, such as adverse reactions to medications, problems with anesthesia, problems breathing, bleeding, blood clots, inadvertent injury to nearby organs and blood vessels, even death. Bariatric surgery has its own risks, including failure to lose weight, nutritional or vitamin deficiencies, and weight regain. Patients should consult their physicians to determine if this procedure is appropriate for their condition.
* System components include ECHELON FLEX™ Powered Plus Stapler and ECHELON ENDOPATH™ Reloads with Gripping Surface Technology.
2. Data on File. Keplinger 07PD0748. Protocol investigation of the comparison of PRINEO with conventional wound closure techniques.
3. Rothenburger S, Spangler D, Bhende S, Burkley D. In vitro antimicrobial evaluation of coated Vicryl Plus Antibacterial Suture (coated polyglactin 910 with triclosan) using zone of inhibition assays. Surg Infect. 2002;3(suppl):S79-S87
4. Moran ME, Marsh C, Perrotti M. Bidirectional-barbed sutured knotless running anastomosis v classic Van Velthoven suturing in a model system. J Endourol. 2007;21(10):1175-1178.
5. Vakil JJ, O’Reilly MP, Sutter EG, Mears SC, Belkoff SM, Khanuja HS. Knee arthrotomy repair with a continuous barbed suture: a biomechanical study. J Arthroplasty. 2011;26(5):710-713.
6. Eickmann T, Quane E. Total knee arthroplasty closure with barbed sutures. J Knee Surg. 2010;23(3):163-167.
7. Levine BR, Ting N, Della Valle CJ. Use of a barbed suture in the closure of hip and knee arthroplasty wounds. Orthopedics. 2011;34(9):e473-e475. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20110714-35.
8. Einarsson JI, Chavan NR, Suzuki Y, Jonsdottir G, Vellinga TT, Greenberg JA. Use of bidirectional barbed suture in laparoscopic myomectomy: evaluation of perioperative outcomes, safety, and efficacy. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2011;18 (1):92-95.