Ethicon Endo-Surgery Introduces HARMONIC ACE(R) 45 cm Curved Shears Designed For Extended Reach in Obese Patients

By Ethicon Endo-surgery Emea, PRNE
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

NORDERSTEDT, Germany, August 18, 2010 - Ethicon Endo-Surgery (EES), has announced the introduction of a new
addition to its HARMONIC(R) line of surgical devices, the HARMONIC ACE(R) 45
cm Curved Shears.

HARMONIC ACE(R) 45 cm, designed to extend the reach of surgeons for
minimally invasive procedures involving obese patients, is 25 percent longer
(or 9cm) than the standard length HARMONIC ACE(R) device. The additional
length of the HARMONIC ACE(R) 45 cm enables surgeons to reach anatomy during
procedures on obese patients while reducing the need to relocate trocars. The
HARMONIC ACE(R) 45 cm also reduces the need to push down on patients'
abdomens, enabling surgeons to rotate the jaws of the device without
impacting the trocar.* The HARMONIC ACE(R) 45cm is primarily intended for use
in bariatric, general, colorectal and gynecologic laparoscopic surgeries for
obese patients, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, colectomy and

"The extended reach of the ACE(R) 45 cm gives me better access to the
abdominal cavity, whether the patient is obese, or not," said Doctor Mirto
, Azienda Ospedaliera di Padova."The co-morbidities associated with
obesity and that obese patients are more likely to need surgery, means that
innovation by medical device manufacturers is hugely important to ensuring
equal access to high quality treatment for all patients."

With the HARMONIC ACE(R) 45cm, surgeons will experience the same
precision, efficiency and versatility they expect from the HARMONIC ACE(R)

Ethicon Endo-Surgery provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy
products to meet the unique needs of surgeons and individual patients. As the
leading ultrasonic cutting and coagulating surgical device used in more than
nine million surgical procedures worldwide, HARMONIC(R) allows precise
application of ultrasonic energy in advanced laparoscopic and open
procedures, and is designed to minimize tissue damage to the patient. The
Ethicon Endo-Surgery Energy portfolio also includes the ENSEAL(R) advanced
bipolar devices that give surgeons control in tissue, sealing larger vessels
while minimizing tissue trauma. Using temperature control technology not
available in any other bipolar device today, ENSEAL(R) devices offer minimal
thermal spread for simultaneously sealing and transecting large vessels up to
and including 7 mm and tissue bundles.

*Compared to HARMONIC ACE(R) 36E.

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, please contact: Angelika Elser, Director Public Affairs and Communication, Ethicon Endo-Surgery EMEA, T: +49-40-5297-3306, M: aelser at

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