An old surgery gets a new lift, thanks to hernia repair technology by Aspide Medical
Hernia repair used to require an extensive operation, general anesthesia, and a long recovery time with an extended period of limited mobility. But there is good news for the three-quarters of a million people who will suffer hernia this year. Surgeons are now using an innovative “plug and patch” method that takes only about half an hour on the table, does not even require general anesthesia and allows patients to resume normal activities in as little as two days.
ASPIDE MEDICAL of France is applying even more innovation to the traditional Plug Technique for hernias. The company has introduced EASYPLUG®, a hernia repair technology that answers surgeons’ needs. The innovations of this solution, based on Aspide Medical’s SURGIMESH® technology have surgeons smiling. The micro-perforated zones ensure a maximal reinforcement, and at the same time helps localizing fixation points. The Easyplug has zones of lighter density, which keeps the implanted material at a minimum, and also allows the implant to be more easily accepted by the body. EASYPLUG® has a special microporous structure designed exclusively by ASPIDE MEDICAL. For the comfort and convenience of patients, the EASYPLUG® allows for less chronic post-operative pain and less shrinkage.
It is generally accepted that the plug and patch method of hernia repair is the most effective replacement for old and outmoded surgical methods for the treatment of hernias. Earlier hernia repair methods, which are still used today, involve stitching together the two sides of the hole using sutures or wire. This approach creates tension and often causes a recurrence of the hernia, and also produces swelling and pain. More importantly, the tension inhibits full and effective healing of the edges. Recovery is prolonged with reduced patient flexibility, prolonged pain and restrictions imposed on activity.
With the newer method, using EASYPLUG® surgical mesh, a specially designed mesh system is gently placed through the defect. It opens to cover and effectively repair the defect from the inside, the best place for mesh to be positioned. After this, an additional sheet of mesh is s included as reinforcement. This is placed in a completely tension free fashion, being held in place by a “VELCRO-Like” effect of the mesh itself. Since there is no tension and only a minimal amount of surgical dissection, there is little post operative pain, and patients return to normal activity in just days. In combination with the plug, this method eliminates much of the tension that occurs with the older method of hernia repair and reduces the hernia surgery recurrence rate from up to 20 percent to less than 1 percent.
Founded in 1994, Aspide Medical is a world leader in textile surgical implants. The Surgimesh® range, developed in partnership with surgeons includes implants for for digestive, urological and gynecological surgery.
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