Allina Health’s Complex Hernia Program is first in the world to perform surgery with new resorbable mesh technology

Medtronic’s Transorb™ self-gripping mesh stays in place to provide structure and support and then is resorbed to limit complications.

MINNEAPOLIS (April 17, 2024) — Allina Health’s Complex Hernia Program, led by Christopher Macomber, MD, recently performed a first-of-its-kind hernia repair surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital using a new mesh that is resorbed into the body. 

“Surgical mesh provides support to damaged tissue and this medical device is another tool in the toolkit as we continuously work to improve patient experience and outcomes,” said Dr. Macomber, medical director, Allina Health Complex Hernia Program. “Mesh provides strength and promotes healing in the abdominal wall, and we anticipate a resorbable product will lead to a lower risk of infection and post-surgery complications compared to a permanent plastic mesh that remains in the body.”

This product is the first advancement in resorbable mesh technology in more than a decade. Transorb™ self-gripping resorbable mesh is the first resorbable device to use ProGrip™ technology. It has been designed for higher tensile strength, stronger tissue attachment, and stronger tissue repair. This has been balanced with the need to provide the same support as permanent mesh during the critical healing period. Transorb™ comes in four sizes which allows for broader use among patients. 

“It’s our proven ProGrip™ technology – now resorbable. After many years of research and development, it’s exciting to deliver this innovative mesh that provides superior strength while repairing, reinforcing and finally resorbing into the body,” said Justin Roberts, vice president and general manager, Surgical, Medtronic. “Medtronic is committed to advancing hernia care through clinically meaningful innovation.”

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