Ethicon Endo-Surgery Launches the First Comprehensive Solution for Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Designed to Help Minimize Leaks

Feb 07, 2012, 09:00 ET from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

CINCINNATI, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) today launched the first comprehensive solution for laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy designed to help minimize leaks, the company announced.

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The EES Sleeve Solution provides surgeons with cutting-edge EES surgical devices, professional education and resources aligned with the expert consensus on Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy recently published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD). The Solution is designed to help minimize complications, deliver the best possible patient outcomes and enable cost-effective management of the procedure.

An international panel of 25 leading bariatric surgeons compiled the consensus statement to help the surgical community continue to improve patient outcomes, minimize complications and move toward adoption of standardized techniques. The results have been published in a paper titled "International Sleeve Gastrectomy Expert Panel Consensus Statement: Best Practice Guidelines Based on Experience of Over 12,000 Cases" in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), the official journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The assembly and work of the expert surgeon panel that developed the consensus was supported by an educational grant from Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES). 

The EES Sleeve Solution includes:

  • The expert consensus on technique – Providing best-practice guidelines from some of the world's most experienced sleeve surgeons.
  • NEW Sleeve Solution Sets –Complete procedure sets with all the EES devices needed for this procedure, including the ECHELON FLEX™ 60 Stapler with the appropriate  reloads, HARMONIC ACE® 45 cm Curved Shears and ENDOPATH® XCEL™ Bladeless Trocars.
  • Professional Education – Surgeon and staff procedure training – including courses, preceptorships and proctorships – aligned to the expert consensus.
  • Support Tools – Materials and services to assist with patient aftercare, practice management and ongoing education to optimize the procedure and patient outcomes.

"The EES Solution for Sleeve Gastrectomy is truly built upon science and surgeon insights to deliver both clinical and economic value while maximizing outcomes for patients," says Eric Bruno, EES Vice President of Global Marketing. "It is also the first solution designed to help minimize leaks, which are a major concern for surgeons in this procedure."

More information about the EES Solution for Sleeve Gastrectomy is available at or via your local EES Bariatric & Metabolic Sales Representative.

About Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Ethicon Endo-Surgery develops and markets advanced medical devices for minimally invasive and open surgical procedures, focusing on procedure-enabling devices for the interventional diagnosis and treatment of conditions in general and bariatric surgery, as well as gastrointestinal health, gynecology and surgical oncology. For more information, visit

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