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Product launch

Ethicon releases Stratafix knotless tissue control devices

Company enters barbed suture market
First products to be launch in the 4th quarter

Ethicon has entered the barbed suture market with the launch of its new portfolio of Stratafix knotless tissue control devices.

With significantly more points of fixation than traditional sutures, the company claims that Stratafix give surgeons more consistent control over every pass and combines the strength and security of interrupted closure with the efficiency of continuous closure.

The anchors running along the length of the device prevent it from loosening, making it easier for surgeons to control tension and maintain approximation, without assistance. They eliminate the need to tie knots, removing the possibility of knot-related complications and allowing surgeons to operate more efficiently.

According to the company, the device allows surgeons to close wounds substantially faster than when using an interrupted technique, meaning that patients also require less time under anaesthesia.

"The Stratafix portfolio paves the way for the development of entirely new surgical approaches that will transform the surgeon's tissue repair and restoration experience, representing the future of wound closure,” said Tim Schmid, President of Ethicon (US). “This product launch demonstrates our commitment to making investments in technology that will advance surgery. By utilising Ethicon's global reach and partnerships, we can bring the benefits of barbed suturing technology to more patients than previously possible.”

Ethicon will introduce Stratafix Spiral devices the first products in the Stratafix portfolio in the fourth quarter. Additional products are expected to be available early 2013, as the portfolio is expanded.

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