Change the Narrative: 
Address Weight Bias and Stigma

Weight discrimination and stigma continue to have significant consequences for people with obesity. We must work together to combat weight bias. Join us on World Obesity Day for a one-hour virtual education program.

Change the Narrative:  Address Weight Bias and Stigma

Obesity is a disease. Let’s combat it together

Ethicon is committed to working to improve access to the 800 million people around the world who are living with obesity.1 Together, we can address weight bias & stigma.

Obesity is a disease. Let’s combat it together

Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies, has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 100 years, from creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures. Our surgical technologies and solutions include sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats along with interventional ablation, robotics and digital solutions.


*Impact of the Novel Powered Circular Stapler on Risk of Anastomotic Leakage in Colorectal Anastomosis. A Propensity Score‐Matched Study.[ECHELON CIRCULAR1.7% (1/60) vs. manual circular 11.8%(14/119), p=0.022]

†Guidelines on reducing the risk of surgical site infections are general to triclosan-coated sutures and are not speciic to any one brand.

1. Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO. World Health Organization News Release, 11 October 2017. Available from https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/11-10- 2017-tenfold-in crease-in-childhood-and-adolescent-obesity-in-four-decade s-new-study-by-imperial-college-london-and-who [accessed 12 February 2020]

2.  Schiavon, C. A., Bhatt, D. L., Ikeoka, D., Santucci, E. V.,Santos, R. N., Damiani, L. P., . . . Drager, L. F. (2020). Three-YearOutcomes of Bariatric Surgery in Patients With Obesity andHypertension. Annals of Internal Medicine, 173(9), 685-693.doi:10.7326/m19-3781

3. Ban KA, Minei JP, Laronga C, et al. American College of Surgeons and Surgical Infection Society: Surgical Site Infection Guidelines, 2016 Update. J Am Coll Surg. 2016;224(1):5974.

4. Berríos-Torres SI, Umscheid CA, Bratzler DW, et al. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017. JAMA Surg. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0904.

5. WHO Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2016.

6. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline. Surgical site infections: prevention and treatment. NICE website. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng125/chapter/Recommendations#closure-methods. Accessed October 17, 2019.

7. Prevention of postoperative wound infections. Recommendation of the Committee for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (KRINKO) at the Robert Koch Institute. Bundesgesundheitsbl. 2018; 61(4):448473. 

8. Periyanayagam, U., MD, MPH, Dwyer, A., Kim, J., Garcia, R., MPH, Worrall, S., MPH, & Davis, A., MPPA. (2020). New Colorectal Cancer Diagnoses Fall by One-Third as Colonoscopy Screenings and Biopsies Grind to a Halt During Height of COVID-19 (pp. 1-6, Research Brief). KomodoHealth™.

9. Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies Elective Surgery Survey. Accessed August 4, 2020. About the Survey: This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of DePuy Synthes from July 9-13, 2020 among 2,016 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. (CLICK TO PDF)