SINGAPORE, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore company Novus Scientific Pte. Ltd today announced that the National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore has operated on the first patient in its groundbreaking study: Abdominal Wall Closure After Lipectomy, TRAM/DIEP Flap - Comparison of TIGR® Matrix (100% Resorbable) vs Polypropylene (Permanent) Mesh.This randomized study, involving 86 patients, received DSRB approval on 9th September 2010. There are plans to expand this to a multi-centre study involving other hospitals in Singapore and in the U.S. TIGR® Matrix Surgical Mesh is the World's 1st Long-Term Resorbable Synthetic Mesh, and it received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in February 2010 for use in reinforcement of soft tissues where weakness exists. TIGR® Matrix Surgical Mesh was launched for sale in the U.S. in June 2010.
"TIGR® Matrix feels soft and conforms well to the surgical site. If the follow up results are good, this will be beneficial to many patients undergoing TRAM Flap procedures, as strong native tissue will replace the mesh over time. This was not possible with permanent synthetic meshes -- we will be monitoring the patient closely during follow up" - Dr. Wei Chen Ong (Consultant) & Dr. Jane Lim (Senior Consultant), Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, National University Hospital, Singapore / Study Investigators, TIGR® Matrix Clinical Trial."We're pleased to get our 1st randomized patient included in this study. If the results are promising, we see a number of other potential applications for TIGR® Matrix besides TRAM Flap donor sites; it will be interesting to explore these areas when our surgeons gain more clinical experience and more st