Ethicon’s HARMONIC ACE®+7 Shears Have LigaSure™in Sights

A couple of years ago Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. gained FDA Clearance for the earlier generation of its Harmonic Ace® ultrasound shears with adaptive tissue technology which responds intelligently to varying tissue conditions by regulating energy delivery and providing surgeons with enhanced audible feedback. Now the company has launched its HARMONIC ACE®+7 Shears with Advanced Hemostasis, the first purely ultrasonic device with a 7 mm sealing indication.

Background

Ethicon Endo says its HARMONIC ACE®+7 combines the precision and multi-functionality expected of HARMONIC® with reliable large vessel sealing; a benefit combination that does not exist in any other product, representing a true breakthrough in ultrasonic energy technology.

The company claims benchtop testing shows greater 5 to 7 mm vessel-sealing reliability than the competitive LigaSure™ devices, 140% higher median burst pressure vs LigaSure 5 mm Blunt Tip, when sealing 5 to 7 mm vessels in the Advanced Hemostasis mode and 112% higher median burst pressure vs LigaSure Advance™, when sealing 5 to 7 mm vessels in the Advanced Hemostasis mode.

HARMONIC ACE®+7 is designed for use in numerous procedures and specialties including General, Colorectal, Bariatric, Gynecology, Thoracic, and Urology, enhancing surgeons’ ability to handle multiple jobs with superior precision. The new HARMONIC ACE®+7 is best suited for cases which require dissection, mobilization and large vessel sealing.

Physician comments

“The addition of the 7 mm vessel sealing capability to the HARMONIC ACE®+7 makes it an optimal tool for laparoscopic colon surgery. It provides the same precise dissection that I’ve become accustomed to from the HARMONIC ACE® and now with larger vessel sealing capability,” said Bartley Pickron, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgeon, Colorectal Surgical Associates, Houston, Texas. “For many years, surgeons have had to choose between precision and sealing strength. With the HARMONIC ACE®+7, we will no longer need to trade off precision and multi-functionality for sealing strength. Furthermore, the avoidance of using multiple instruments should result in a cost savings for the overall procedure.”

Company comments 

“The HARMONIC ACE®+7 represents a breakthrough in ultrasonic technology that now enhances surgeon choice. Surgeons no longer need to trade off precision and multi-functionality for sealing strength. It may in some cases also reduce the need for additional devices, such as clips, improving procedure efficiency,” said Tom O’Brien, Ethicon Vice President, Energy Global Strategic Marketing. “Our goal is to continue bringing to market a strong mix of both meaningful innovation (like HARMONIC ACE®+7) and value solutions (like our new Performance Certified HARMONIC® Program) that we believe will change the conversation in clinical practice from an innovation ‘or’ value conversation to an innovation ‘and’ value conversation which could ultimately lead to improved outcomes and reduced healthcare costs.”

The new device will be featured at The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Hollywood, FL this week.

Source: Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., Business Wire

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