Overview

Patient Comfort, Surgeon Confidence, Peace of Mind

The AbsorbaTack™ fixation device, designed for patient comfort, surgeon confidence, and peace of mind, provides strong, temporary mesh fixation while leaving no foreign material in the body over time. It requires no sharp piloting needle to deploy, eliminating the risk of inadvertent needle sticks in the OR due to the fixation device.

The NEW AbsorbaTack™ (ABSTACK30X) fixation device for laparoscopic hernia repair continues to deploy tacks when the shaft is flexed over 3 cm. A short version (ABSTACK20S) is available for open hernia repair.

Features

Designed with patient comfort in mind

  • Interim clinical study results showed a 54% reduction of pain from the preoperative baseline at 1 month follow up2
  • Leaves no foreign material behind over time
  • No metal required for fixation
  • Supports a minimally invasive approach through 5 mm shaft and easy-to-use design

Fixation strength

  • Provides strong temporary mesh fixation, with retention strength comparable to the “gold standard” ProTack™ fixation device at 1 week and 2 months in an animal model3
  • Longer tack length than ProTack™ fixation device (4.1 mm vs. 3.8 mm), and wide 5.1 mm proximal wings that secure mesh firmly in place
  • Reliable tack deployment, with ratcheted mechanism providing tactile feedback when firing

Peace of mind

  • Reduces the likelihood of inadvertent needle sticks in the OR, since no sharp piloting needles are required for deployment
  • Potentially fewer visceral attachments than permanent tack fixation3
  • Violet tack with black-dot visualization feature to optimize visibility

Specifications

Resources

  • 1. Covidien Internal Test Report: ABX-003, August 2012.

  • 2. Rosen, M., et al. Post-Operative Pain After Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair: AbsorbaTack™ vs. ProTack™ Interim Results From a Prospective Randomized Study. 32nd International Congress of the European Hernia Society, October 7, 2010, Istanbul. Study sponsored by Covidien.

  • 3. Hollinsky, C., et al. Tensile strength and adhesion of mesh fixation systems used in laparoscopic incisional hernia repair. Surg Endosc. 2010 Jun;24(6):1318-24. Epub 2009 Dec 24.

     

  • Data from a prospective study (Hollinsky et al, 2009) of 25 Sprague-Dawley rats with two 2 x 3cm of Parietex™ meshes fixed intraperitoneally in a paramedian location. Randomized fixation groups included transfacial fixed suture, ProTack™ fixation device, AbsorbaTack™ fixation device, and I-Clip™.

  • Based on an animal model. Total attachment score was calculated by adding up points from the parameters of attachment extent, type, tenacity, and organ involvement. The authors note “With regard to the adhesions caused by the various fixation elements, we again draw attention to the fact that animal experiments have their natural limitations, and the results cannot be directly extrapolated to the human setting.” (Hollinsky et al, 2009).