Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the AbsorbaTack™ fixation device require a sharp piloting needle to place the tack?
    No. The screw-in design of the tack requires no piloting sharps.
  • Is the AbsorbaTack™ fixation device specifically designed for both open and minimally invasive procedures?
    Yes. The AbsorbaTack™ fixation device is available in 15 and 30 tack long versions ideal for minimally invasive applications as well as a 20 tack version with a 20 cm short shaft that provides access to open surgeries.
  • How long does it take for the AbsorbaTack™ fixation device to be absorbed by hydrolysis?
    The absorption profile of poly (glycolide-co-L-lactide), commonly known as PGLA, in the first two weeks after initial implantation is minimal; a significant absorption rate is seen in the period from 3 to 5 months. Following this significant breakdown, the polymer absorption is essentially completed prior to one year.
  • From what material is the AbsorbaTack™ fixation device tack made?
    The tack is made of the copolymer poly (glycolide-co-L-lactide), commonly known as PGLA. This copolymer degrades and is absorbed by hydrolysis to glycolic acid and lactic acid which are then metabolized by the body.
  • What size access device is required for minimally invasive use of the AbsorbaTack™ fixation device?
    The AbsorbaTack™ fixation device may be inserted through a 5 mm or larger (with the use of a converter) cannula for use in minimally invasive procedures.

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