Covidien, a healthcare products company, has introduced the AccuMesh positioning system, a comprehensive, evidence-backed hernia repair system.

AccuMesh features a resistant barrier and a proprietary textile design with better visibility and increased strength, facilitating rapid abdominal wall integration and strong tack fixation, while minimising visceral attachments.

The positioning system is an endomechanical device enabling insertion, deployment and placement of Parietex optimised composite (PCOx) mesh during minimally invasive ventral hernia repair procedures.

Covidien Surgical Solutions vice president and chief technology officer Paul Hermes said: "The AccuMesh positioning system adds to our existing product innovations that include ProGrip self-gripping mesh, the only self-gripping, semi-resorbable, lightweight mesh available for hernia repair, and Parietex composite (PCO) mesh, the first mesh to offer a resorbable collagen barrier on one side to limit visceral attachments during ventral hernia repair."

With its expandable frame and precise articulation control, the AccuMesh positioning system will deliver improved accuracy and faster operative time compared to traditional laparoscopic ventral hernia repair methods.

Dean Mikami, Ohio State University Medical Center professor of surgery, said success of a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is dependent on achieving a consistent 3cm to 5cm overlap between the mesh and the edge of the defect.

"Accurately positioning the mesh relative to the defect using current techniques is considered one of the most difficult mesh-related steps in the procedure," Mikami added.

Hernia is the protrusion of an organ or the fascia of an organ through the wall of the cavity that normally contains it. Covidien manufactures and distributes medical solutions for patients, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.