A Novel Instrument for Laparoscopic Mesh Fixation

Catriona Swift, DO, Michael Kia. Michigan State University

Current methods of mesh fixation in laparoscopic hernia repair consist primarily of tacking devices and transfascial suture fixation.  Limitations of this technique include strength of the tacking devices as well as postoperative pain.  We present a novel 12mm laparoscopic device that uses a curved needle based design to provide automated suture fixation.  The device allows for individual fixation with a depth of 5.5mm with suture.  The individual fixation points will be tension free.  This will potentially alleviate significant pain associated current techniques while providing adequate fixation strength.   We present prototype design as well as early benchmark clinical data. 

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