Covidien Unveils New Hernia Repair Devices


This week at the American Hernia Society Annual Meeting, Covidien is launching three new hernia repair products.

The ProGrip Laparoscopic Self-Fixating Mesh, as the name implies, does not require a separate fixation device and does not use tacks to hold onto tissue. The Parietex Composite Ventral Patch promises an easier fit and more consistent fixation over previous generation patches. Finally, the AbsorbaTack 30X Absorbable Fixation Device is an upgrade to the previous model that applies absorbable tacks for mesh fixation.

ProGrip™ Laparoscopic Self-Fixating Mesh – Seamlessly combines mesh and fixation into one device to increase the security of laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair, while eliminating the pain and reducing the costs associated with tack fixation. The ProGrip laparoscopic mesh provides tack-free fixation over the entire anatomy, including below the inguinal ligament where traditional tacks cannot be placed. ProGrip laparoscopic mesh has been demonstrated to be easier and faster to use than a traditional mesh with standard tacks.

Parietex™ Composite Ventral Patch – Designed for optimal abdominal wall conformability in umbilical and small ventral hernia repair. With a unique design allowing for easy deployment and peripheral fixation, the Parietex composite ventral patch features a macroporous textile supporting consistent tissue integration and a clinically proven collagen film technology to minimize visceral attachment.

AbsorbaTack™ 30X Absorbable Fixation Device – Builds on a foundation of technical innovation in absorbable hernia fixation that began with the launch of the highly successful AbsorbaTack fixation line in 2008. All AbsorbaTack fixation products are designed with patient comfort in mind, providing strong, temporary mesh fixation while leaving no foreign material in the body over time. The new AbsorbaTack 30X fixation device features an enhanced drive mechanism and new shaft for optimal tack deployment in challenging situations.