While approximately 289,000 ventral hernia repairs are performed in the U.S. every year, a high incidence of morbidity and recurrence has been associated with an open approach to the procedure.20
Using a minimally invasive approach to ventral hernia repair, average recurrence rates have been shown to drop to 4.7% compared to 12% to 52% for open surgery.* In one study, perioperative complication rates for laparoscopic ventral hernia repair were 14% compared to 27% for open ventral hernia repair and hospital stay was 2.0 days for laparoscopic ventral hernia repair and 4.0 days for the open ventral hernia repair.†
Patients who underwent a laparoscopic approach for ventral hernia repair healed faster, used a post-operative average of 27mg of morphine versus 58.9mg for open-surgery patients, and returned to daily activities 21.6 days sooner.19,20
Currently 39% of ventral hernia repairs are performed as minimally invasive procedures but by 2014, 60% are expected to use minimally invasive approaches.15,21
The HARMONIC ACE® Curved Shears use ultrasonic energy to cut, and coagulate with precision. This multi-functional and uniquely versatile instrument may be used for:
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