The STRATAFIX devices, which have more points of fixation than traditional sutures, feature anchors which run along the length of the device to prevent it from loosening and making it easier for surgeons to control tension and maintain approximation, without assistance.

Ethicon president Tim Schmid said by utilizing the company’s global reach and partnerships, it can bring the benefits of barbed suturing technology to more patients than previously possible.

"This product launch demonstrates our commitment to making investments in technology that will advance surgery," Schmid added.

"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."

The company said it will launch STRATAFIX Spiral devices, first products in the STRATAFIX portfolio, in the fall of 2012 and additional products in the next year.