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Hernia Towel Improves Patient Outcomes After Hernia Repair Surgery

Description:

Title

 

Hernia Towel Improves Patient Outcomes After Hernia Repair Surgery

 

Brief Description

 

Low friction surgical towel retracts the bowels for better visualization and isolation of the abdominal wall during hernia repair. 

 

Problem

 

Over 250,000 hernia repair surgeries are performed in the United States every year. Keeping the herniating bowels out of the surgical site during such surgeries is a challenge. Currently, surgeons use basic cloth and towels to block the opening in the abdominal wall while performing the procedure. Standard cloth can be difficult to remove and can inadvertently be left inside patents; these cloths also irritate the sensitive tissue slowing recovery.

 

Solution

 

Dr. Kovach's hernia towel design features a surface that slides over tissue without irritation, allowing for easy removal and better recovery. There are features in the device that allow for easy detection in the abdominal cavity and helps ensure it is not left inside the patient. The towel also employs a feature that allows the surgeon to keep the towel in place until the closing sutures and also facilitates towel removal. The towel effectively protects the bowels during hernia repair surgery and provides better visibility for the surgeon.

 

Applications:

 

•       Retract the bowels while performing open ventral hernia repair.

 

Advantages:

 

•       Material is less abrasive than traditional cloth.

•       Device to ensure towel will not be left in patient.

•       Easy removal from patient.

•       Patients will have quicker recoveries and fewer complications.

 

 

Stage of Development:

 

•       Renderings show key features and overall design

•       Prototype to be developed

 

Intellectual Property

 

US Provisional Filed

 

Desired Partnerships:

 

License

Co-development

 

Docket #: 17-8150

 


Patent Information:
Category(s):
Medical Devices
For Information, Contact:
Jeffrey James
TLO
University of Pennsylvania
215-746-7041
jeffja@upenn.edu
Inventors:
Stephen Kovach
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