News | April 16, 2007

New Surgical Mesh Indicated for Surgical Repair, Reinforcement of Soft Tissue

Atrium Medical Corp. has obtained FDA approval for a new Omega 3 surgical mesh product called C-QURLite Mesh. The product is indicated for use in the surgical repair and reinforcement of soft tissue, including hernia repair.

The technology combines Atrium's ProLite Ultra polypropylene surgical mesh with a proprietary, pharmaceutical grade Omega 3 fatty acid bio-absorbable gel coating. Unlike traditional tissue separating mesh products, C-QURLite Mesh enhances the handling stiffness and healing response in pre-peritoneal placement when compared to other "bare" polymer mesh products currently used for hernia repair.

C-QURLite Mesh is constructed from the refined ProLite Ultra polypropylene monofilament, providing a low profile, strong, lightweight base structure. The all natural Omega 3 gel coating is then applied in a proprietary method, coating each monofilament of the mesh to enhance material handling and subsequent healing. This non-polymeric, bio-absorbable coating has demonstrated in pre-clinical studies to significantly improve anatomical conformance by reducing aggressive, dense acellular collagen formation known to induce adhesions following surgery.

Atrium's discovery of combining inert thin wall polypropylene mesh with an Omega 3 biological coating in pre-clinical studies has demonstrated minimization of peritoneal tissue attachment as well as a significant reduction in both foreign body reaction and inflammation, resulting in a well-healed, reinforced soft tissue repair. The C-QURLite Mesh BAO coating (BioAbsorbable Oil) also enhances ease of handling and tissue plane placement, which subsequently forms into a soft and flexible implant. It offers improved stiffness and handling qualities while maintaining excellent see-thru visibility to underlying tissue landmarks for improved anatomical orientation during surgical installation.