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Ethicon Endo-Surgery new Harmonic ACE+ Shears wins FDA nod

Ethicon Endo-Surgery has obtained 510(k) clearance for its new Harmonic ACE+ Shears with adaptive tissue technology from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Harmonic ACE+ Shears, which features a tapered, coated refined blade, is designed for use during general, bariatric, colorectal, gynecology, and urology surgical procedures and helps surgeons to handle multiple surgical jobs including dissection, sealing, transection, and otomy creation.

By regulating energy delivery, the adaptive tissue technology responds intelligently to varying tissue conditions and provides surgeons with enhanced audible feedback, thus enabling the Harmonic ACE+ Shears to exhibit 23% less thermal spread while delivering 21% shorter transection times, when compared with the current Harmonic ACE.

Ethicon Endo-Surgery global strategic marketing vice president Tom O’Brien said with the introduction of adaptive tissue technology, the Harmonic ACE+ Shears elevate the precision of the Harmonic portfolio.

"Based on surgeon feedback, EES will continue to advance the performance and precision of HARMONIC┬« devices through better energy management and refined design," O’Brien added.

"We will also ensure our products make clinical and economic sense to all of our customers."