CINCINNATI, Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ethicon* announced today the U.S. launch of a new high precision ultrasonic device, HARMONIC® HD 1000i Shears, designed to address unique challenges in complex surgical procedures, especially those involving complex thoracic and colorectal issues where precision is critical. Featuring unmatched precision†, unparalleled strength‡, and optimal efficiency, the HARMONIC® HD 1000i is Ethicon's flagship energy device, building upon the most advanced ultrasonic portfolio on the market.
HARMONIC® HD 1000i is designed for use in a variety of surgically complex procedures and specialties including, Thoracic, Hepato-pancreato-billary, Colorectal, and Gynecologic Oncology; enhancing surgeons' ability to handle multiple jobs with expert precision and superior dissection. Because of its advanced dissection, transection and sealing capabilities it has the potential to reduce instrumentation needs by replacing a number of other devices used in open and laparoscopic surgery.
Today's announcement was made at the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) Annual Clinical Congress, and is the latest example of how Ethicon is advancing technology to give surgeons greater control, access and accuracy during surgical procedures in an effort to improve outcomes for patients. At this year's ACS Congress, Ethicon is continuing to drive awareness of the value and importance of surgical intervention and innovation involving certain cancerous conditions.
Of the 15.2 million new cases of cancer worldwide in 2015, over 80 percent of cases were estimated to need surgery, some several times. In addition to launching new products aimed at complex surgical procedures, Ethicon announced (in August) new research and clinical studies to understand and advance the use of minimally-invasive treatment options in lung cancer. As a complement to this strategy, Ethicon has expanded into novel interventional therapies with the acquisition of NeuWave Medical, Inc. in April 2016. NeuWave Medical manufactures and markets minimally invasive soft tissue microwave ablation systems that are currently used by physicians in over half of the top cancer centers in the U.S.
"At Ethicon, we challenged ourselves to identify the unmet needs of our customers by speaking with surgeons to understand their concerns in performing complex surgical procedures including oncology. Today, we are proud to launch a unique device that will help improve the clinical outcomes of patients, while enabling procedural efficiencies that can benefit the health system," said Andrew Ekdahl, President, Ethicon US. "HARMONIC® HD 1000i is the latest example of our commitment to developing meaningful innovations that reach more patients and restore more lives."
Built to take on the most complex procedures, the unique blade of the HARMONIC® HD1000i
delivers more secure seals[i], even in the most challenging hemostasis conditions, and its increased sealing speed, multi-functionality, and simplified steps allow for maximum performance[ii]. Its impressive features make it ideal for a variety of surgically complex procedures, where precision is key. For more information visit the HARMONIC® HD 1000i product page.
From creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures, Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 60 years. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world's most pressing health care issues, and improve and save more lives. Through Ethicon's surgical technologies and solutions including sutures, staplers, energy devices, trocars and hemostats and our commitment to treat serious medical conditions like obesity and cancer worldwide, we deliver innovation to make a life-changing impact. Learn more at www.ethicon.com and follow us on Twitter @Ethicon.
Ethicon is transforming energy solutions to make measurable clinical and cost-of-care improvements for healthcare providers and patients globally. Our focus is to solve unmet surgical needs through our in-depth knowledge of tissue and energy sciences to help improve patient outcomes. Ethicon offers the most complete advanced energy portfolio for open and laparoscopic procedures with our HARMONIC® and ENSEAL® portfolios. Click here to learn more.
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This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the expected benefits, including procedural efficiencies, of a new surgical device. The reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations of future events. If underlying assumptions prove inaccurate or known or unknown risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections of Ethicon* and/or Johnson & Johnson. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: uncertainty of commercial success; challenges to patents; competition, including technological advances, new products and patents attained by competitors; changes to applicable laws and regulations, including global health care reforms; product efficacy or safety concerns resulting in product recalls or regulatory action; manufacturing difficulties and delays; changes in behavior and spending patterns of purchasers of health care products and services; and trends toward health care cost containment. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Johnson & Johnson's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2016, including in Exhibit 99 thereto, and the company's subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of these filings are available online at www.sec.gov, www.jnj.com or on request from Johnson & Johnson. None of the Ethicon companies or Johnson & Johnson undertakes to update any forward-looking statement as a result of new information or future events or developments.
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*Ethicon represents the products and services of Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC and certain of their affiliates. Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. is the legal manufacturer of HARMONIC® HD 1000i Shears.
 Source: The Lancet Oncology Commission: Global cancer surgery: delivering safe, affordable, and timely cancer surgery: http://thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(15)00223-5/fulltext
[i] Exceptional sealing strength as evidenced by burst pressures of 150% relative to both small and large jaw devices in a benchtop study with 5-7 mm porcine carotid arteries that compared median burst pressure, HARMONIC® HD 1000i (1878 mmHg) vs. LigaSure Impact™ (1224 mmHg) (p<0.0001).
[ii] In a benchtop study with porcine vessels 3-5 mm in diameter (p=0.0000), HARMONIC® HD 1000i delivered 33% faster transection speeds on vessels up to 5 mm using new energy button.
†In a pre-clinical study, for both iliac dissection and lymph node dissection, the HD 1000i was significantly superior to the predicate devices in dissecting capability (p<0.001 in all cases)
‡In a benchtop study with 5-7 mm porcine carotid arteries that compared median burst pressure, HARMONIC® HD 1000i (1878 mmHg) vs. LigaSure Impact™ (1224 mmHg) (p<0.0001). In a benchtop study with 5-7 mm porcine carotid arteries that compared median burst pressure, HARMONIC® HD 1000i (1878 mmHg) vs. LigaSure™ Maryland (1171 mmHg) (p<0.0001).
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