MINNEAPOLIS, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery (EES) today announced the launch of two new surgical staplers designed to optimize efficiencies and compression during open surgery. The Ethicon Endo-Surgery Linear Cutter 55/75, engineered with novel staple technology and selectable staple heights in one cartridge, provides superior hemostasis(i) for patients and improved efficiencies to surgeons, nurses and facility administrations. The Ethicon Endo-Surgery Intraluminal Stapler (ILS), designed with a new tissue compression scale, provides surgeons improved flexibility and control so that they can address the individual needs of each patient. The products, which are the latest additions to the company's portfolio of solutions for colorectal surgery, will be featured at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), May 15-19, 2010 in Minneapolis.
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Both surgical staplers were designed in collaboration with surgeons to be used in colorectal, bariatric and general procedures. The new products address the variability of tissue compression. Tissue compression—or the measurement of tissue density—prior to stapling is required with all surgical staplers to reliably deliver a staple line with proper staple formation. The optimal amount of compression is variable and affected by multiple factors such as the type, condition and thickness of targeted tissue. Tissue may vary in thickness and compressibility from patient to