• ​Which patients are at risk for incisional hernias? New data presented at 1st World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery

    Burst abdomen and incisional hernias are serious complications in open abdominal surgery. Some risk factors for these complications have been described previously, but their incidence in the entire community, as well as the impact of specific risk factors, is insufficiently known. Findings from Swedish validated registries, presented by Dr Harald Strömberg, Stockholm, Sweden, at the 1st World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery in Milan, now shed more light on this important topic.

    Between 2007 and 2013, more than 40,716 patients were registered in the Swedish Colorectal regi...

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  • ​Study indicates TIGR Matrix surgical mesh is safe for use as parastomal hernia prevention despite severely contaminated field

    At the 1st World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery held in Milan between April 25 and 29, workers at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark, presented short-term outcome results on the prevention of parastomal hernia following emergency stoma formation.

    Their study was a prospective cohort investigation that included a historical reference group of 117 patients. This control group had an emergency stoma performed without supporting surgical mesh in the two-year period prior to July 2012. The Danish workers’ own group included 109 patients who received TIGR Matrix resorb...

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  • Data on the use of TIGR® Matrix in 63 patients with complex abdominal wall reconstruction (AWR) presented at the 1st World Conference on Abdominal Wall Hernia Surgery

    On Monday April 27, Dr Bruce Ramshaw presented data from the clinical quality improvement (CQI) program performed at Halifax Health Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Several attempts at process improvement were implemented in one hernia program over a three-year period. For 63 consecutive cases of patients undergoing abdominal wall reconstruction, these improvement attempts included using a long-term resorbable synthetic mesh (TIGR Matrix) instead of a biologic mesh, applying new surgical techniques, and implementing an improved pain management strategy. This surgically complex patient popu...

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  • Insightra medical and Novus scientific announce a strategic alliance around TIGR® Matrix Surgical Mesh technology

    Insightra Medical, Inc. and Novus Scientific AB have announced a strategic alliance around Novus’ TIGR® Matrix Surgical Mesh technology for soft tissue repair in the US via Insightra’s national direct sales channel.

    Made from synthetic polymers, TIGR® Matrix is a long-term resorbable surgical mesh intended to support and reinforce soft tissue for 6-9 months before absorbing completely after 3 years. It has been FDA cleared since 2010 and is available in three sizes.

    “In the quest to become a full-line hernia technology supplier, adding TIGR® Matrix to our portfolio fills an im...

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  • First patient included in the study PREVMESH – prophylactic resorbable mesh in open abdominal surgery to prevent incisional hernia

    More than 140,000 patients in Sweden undergo open abdominal wall surgery every year. Common complications are wound dehiscence and incisional hernias. A wound dehiscence, i.e. a rupture of the wound along the stitches in the fascia, may turn into a complete dehiscence if the skin sutures also rupture and the abdominal contents protrude through the entire wall. Wound dehiscence may develop into a lethal condition, especially in the elderly. It may lead to bowel lesions, infections and organ failure. The risk of repeated wound dehiscence also increases once dehiscence has occurred.

    Des...

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  • Todd Heniford talks TIGR in Becker’s GI and Endoscopy

    Todd Heniford, MD, FACS is the Chief, Division of Gastrointestinal & Minimally Invasive Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte. He is also a leading proponent of using surgical outcomes data to support operative decisions.

    We caught-up with Dr. Heniford of North Carolina, who runs a large clinical practice for hernia and abdominal wall surgeries, at a recent AWR conference in Washington, DC. He received this year’s top industry award from his colleagues:  The GeorgetownMedstar Award – Lifetime Achievement in Abdominal Wall Reconstructio...

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  • Clinica interview: Novus out to prove TIGR’s strength in soft tissue regeneration

    Aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgeons worldwide congregated at the inaugural London Breast Meeting last week.The aim was to discuss and learn about technical advances in this area of surgery, which has witnessed a leap in thenumber of procedures, particularly in preventative mastectomies due to the “Angelina Jolie” effect.

    Among the exhibitors at the scientific symposium, which was held at the Royal College of Physicians between 4-6September, is a Swedish company which believes its surgical mesh technology could improve the outcomes of breastreconstruction, while costing only ...

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  • Resorbable mesh avoids post-operative pain compared with permanent mesh in inguinal hernia repair surgery

    Inguinal hernia affects almost one third of all men and is one of the most common reasons for having surgery. Unfortunately, chronic post-operative pain is a widespread problem. Now, however, results from a 3-year prospective safety and performance study show that using slowly resorbable surgical mesh during the repair procedure eliminates reported pain in 40 lateral inguinal hernia patients. The study is now published in the medical journal Hernia.

    Hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall muscle membrane that allows abdominal organs to protrude and become pinched. Approximately 15,0...

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