Surgical Instrumentation Update from Ethicon

Surgical Instrumentation Update from Ethicon

MPO's Sean Fenske speaks with Tom O’Brien of Ethicon about the development challenges of surgical instruments and the latest product.

By Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief11.02.21
In this episode of Medtech Matters, a podcast focused on the medical device manufacturing industry and the factors impacting it, we speak with Tom O’Brien, worldwide president of Endomechanical at Ethicon. He shares insights on the company’s approach to the development of surgical instrumentation and reducing surgical complications. O’Brien also offers data from a recent study on the new Echelon Circular Powered Stapler and the improvements it offers for clinicians. Specifically, the following questions are addressed.

  • Can you start by explaining what is encompassed within the Endomechanical unit at Ethicon?
  • When it comes to the design and development of a surgical device, what are the key priorities for Ethicon and why?
  • When companies talk about reducing surgical complications, what do they really mean and how is Ethicon trying to do this?
  • Speaking of complications, Ethicon recently had data on a new stapler, the Echelon Circular Powered Stapler. Can you speak to the study about this device and what benefits it provides?
  • Are there clinical areas on the horizon you are looking to address (that you can speak about, that is)?

Listen to this episode and see what you think of Ethicon and its approach to surgical instrumentation. If you’d like to share thoughts, ask questions, or suggest a future participant for Medtech Matters, please reach out to me at sfenske@rodmanmedia.com.

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