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What Is Hernia?

The abdominal wall is a sheet of muscle to stop the organs of the abdomen (the intestines) from falling out. When a weakness or tear occurs in this muscle, part of the intestine bulges through and appears as a lump under the skin. In the past, hernias were often called ruptures. They are most common in the groin (inguinal hernias).

Causes of Hernia

Anything that raises the pressure within the abdomen, such as heavy lifting (for example, weights or building materials), coughing, even straining on the toilet, can cause a weakness or tear in the abdominal wall. In addition, vigorous exercise often results in hernias. Sometimes the weakness is already present from birth around the umbilicus (umbilical hernia) in children or under the scar of an operation (incisional hernia).

Symptoms of Hernia

When a hernia first occurs you may have a feeling that something has given way and may experience a little pain. This soon wears off. Later, a lump appears. This doesn't hurt and may get bigger when you cough. Although in most cases hernias just cause discomfort and are a bit of a nuisance, the real worry is that they will strangulate. This means they get stuck and their blood supply is cut off, which requires an emergency operation.

Diagnosis & Treatment

If you suspect you may have a hernia, you should get a doctor to confirm the diagnosis. In the past, trusses where used to keep the hernia in place, but these days it's better to have a simple operation (Hernia Surgery ) to repair the weakness before further problems arise.

Ultrapro Hernia System (UHS)

The ULTRAPRO Hernia System (UHS) is a partially absorbable device used to reinforce or bridge abdominal wall hernia defects by providing permanent support of the abdominal wall during and following wound healing.

The ULTRAPRO Mesh is lightweight, yet strong, flexible and comfortable. It has been reported that the UHS decrease recurrence of hernias rate to less than 0.1% compared to other mesh and techniques which has reported recurrence rates of about 1%.

The advantages of lightweight support include:

  • StrongULTRAPRO Mesh burst strength is four times stronger than the maximum abdominal pressure
  • FlexibleExcellent tissue in-growth and wound healing enables a flexible, compliant scar plate
  • ComfortableFlexible scar is compliant with abdominal wall
  • Absorbable50% less foreign material remains in patients compared to traditional Hernia Surgery System

A Proven Design with the added advantage of Ultrapro Mesh

ULTRAPRO Hernia System utilizes our ULTRAPRO Mesh technology which:

  • Incorporates the three key elements of a lightweight mesh
    • thin filaments
    • large pore size
    • absorbable components
  • Leaves less foreign body over time
  • Provides physiological compatibility with the abdominal wall

UHS is designed for consistent deployment & enhanced patient comfort

Reinforced underlay provides complete posterior support. Designed to:

  • Deploy effectively following adequate dissection of the preperitoneal space
  • Conform well to the inguinal anatomy

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