SOMERVILLE, N.J., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon, Inc., a worldwide leader in surgical care, today announced the launch of ETHICON SECURESTRAP™ 5mm Absorbable Strap Fixation Device, the first fixation device to feature an absorbable "strap" design, and ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh. These two new surgical devices provide secure mesh fixation and address patient comfort and surgeon ease-of-use in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) hernia repair procedures – the sixth most common outpatient surgery in the US. ETHICON SECURESTRAP™ and ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ were recently granted 510(k) market clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These devices, which expand Ethicon's broad portfolio of hernia solutions, will be featured during the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 96th Annual Clinical Congress, October 3-7, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
"Hernias are extremely common with more than one million Americans undergoing a hernia repair procedure every year," said Carl R. Doerhoff, MD, FACS, a practicing surgeon in Jefferson City, Missouri.* "Within the last five years we have seen tremendous innovations that advance the science of hernia repair and help our patients achieve optimal results."
The unique, absorbable "strap" design of ETHICON SECURESTRAP™ offers surgeons several advantages when performing hernia repair procedures. These include two points of fixation to straddle mesh pores and fibers including large-pore constructions, excellent holding strength when deployed at different angles, and secure mesh fixation during the tissue integration period. The low profile of ETHICON SECURESTRAP™ minimizes a patient's exposure to foreign material on the internal organs.
ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™, a light-weight and partially-absorbable polypropylene mesh, stretches to closely match the abdominal wall. The large pore construction allows for excellent p