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What is the Freedom Ventral Hernia System - with OCTOMESH™ ?


The Freedom Inguinal Hernia System with OCTOMESH is one of the newer options for ventral hernia repair.


OCTOMESH™ is a synthetic implant made from knitted polypropylene mesh that is shaped like an octopus - has a body and eight arms. The arms are tunneled into the muscles using a special instrument. This helps to hold the implant in place without the need to place sutures.


The device is used in open surgery to perform a "tension free" repair (the mesh is not placed with tension on the tissues pulling them together) of certain types of ventral hernia. It is a permanent synthetic implant that will stay in your body forever, so you must choose carefully after consulting with your doctor if this is the right choice for you. There are alternatives to Octomesh and your physician will help you to choose the right procedure and implant based upon your particular needs.


What is different about the Freedom System?

Although the Octomesh is made from knitted polypropylene mesh, the most common synthetic material used in hernia repair, it is shaped in a unique way compared to other hernia implants.
Most other meshe implants use sutures, staples or absorbable tacks to hold the implant in place while the body naturally incorporates it. This is challenging in open hernia repair as it requires the surgeon to work at a distance in a confined space. Placing up to twenty sutures is technically challenging and takes time to perform.

The straps of Octomesh are placed using a long strap passer that reaches through the muscle and pulls the strap back into the abdominal wall. The straps grip by friction, so there is no need for sutures, tacks or staples. This makes the placement less technically demanding and has been shown in studies to require smaller incisions in the abdomen. [1] (WHERE IS THIS REF)


What would the surgery involve?

The Freedom Ventral Hernia System is placed using a very common open hernia technique. The surgeon would make an incision on top of the hernia. As in all open procedures they would dissect out the hernia sac (which is what causes the bulge); when the sac is free they would return it to the abdomen. Then they would make a space behind the muscle walls to make sure that they can put the implant behind the wall with a good distance away from the hernia (overlap). This is like making sure that the patch on the elbow of a sweater is bigger than the hole in the elbow, allowing it to cover the hole - and then some more.

When the space is prepared, they would take the strap passing tool (a device to grab the straps) and tunnel it on top of the muscle, feed it through the muscle and grab one of the eight arms of the Octomesh. Gently the strap would be pulled backwards where it would rest in the tunnel. This would be repeated for all eight straps. Then the body of the implant would be smoothed out in the space behind the muscle wall. The muscle wall and skin would be closed with sutures. Sometimes they would place drains (small tubes to make sure no blood or fluid accumulates in the wound).

The surgery is normally performed under general anesthesia by a trained physician. Many patients can go home within a few days after the procedure. (REF)


What about after surgery?

Complications with the Freedom Hernia Repair System have been studied and shown to be very rare. Common problems such as swelling, fluid collection, infection, bruising are similar to any operation that is performed for open hernia repair.

Recurrence can occur with any ventral hernia repair, but to date this has been very rare with the Freedom Hernia System (data on file). Your doctor can discuss in detail the clinical results to date with the Freedom System and all other hernia repair meshes.

Studies conducted so far have shown that after surgery pain has been low (TECH GUIDE STUDY). You would be given normal pain medications for the first week or two after surgery.

Your physician will recommend the course of recovery, and in the first few days after surgery you should not be lifting or straining to avoid dislodging the implant or causing yourself excessive pain. But you should be able to return to normal activity within a few weeks. It is recommended that after ventral hernia repair you should wait at least 4 weeks before strenuous activity. (REF)

If you have excessive pain, swelling, discomfort or other problems that may indicate infection - you should see your physician immediately.


Is the Freedom Hernia Repair System right for me?

Not one implant is right for everybody. This will depend on your clinical condition, type of ventral hernia, health status and needs. It will also depend if your clinician has been trained to use the Freedom Ventral Hernia Repiar system and has experience with it. Ask your doctor if this could be one of the options available to you.

Ultimately, you are the patient, it is your body and you will need to be satisfied with the outcome of your surgery. A good consultation with your doctor on all the options available (surgical and non-surgical) will help you to make an educated an informed decision about your surgery.


Is it available in my country?

The Freedom Ventral Hernia repair system is currently available in the United States, Europe, Canada, India, most of Asia, and several countries in South America.

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to find out if it is available in your region and if there is a trained physician near by.



Facing any type of surgery can be a daunting and worrying prospect. But generally ventral hernia surgery is safe with nearly a million procedures performed each year. The key to good outcomes in surgery is to make an educated decision by discussing with your healthcare providers all of the options available - the benefits and risks.


Legal note:

The information contained in this website is not intended to replace or substitute the information you should obtain from your healthcare providers. It is intended to supplement information and offer the Freedom Ventral Repair System as one of the many options available. All implants constitute risks and benefits, your healthcare provider can help to discuss the clinical data associated with the Freedom products, their risks and benefits.

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