The device offers 65-degree articulation, meant to provide greater access to weak spots within the abdominal wall, which helps with securely tacking mesh into place. The system includes screw-like tacks which come in interchangeable five- and 10-tack reload sets.
“Developed with valuable input from surgeons, the Reliatack device, combined with our recently-launched Symbotex composite mesh, benefits patients while helping drive greater operating room efficiency and economic benefits,” said Rob Claypoole, vice president and general manager of Covidien’s hernia business. “The Reliatack fixation device overcomes numerous physical and ergonomic challenges in ventral hernia repair by allowing a wide variety of angles to more effectively position and secure hernia mesh.”
Non-articulating fixation devices traditionally have presented several challenges in laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, the company reports.
“Covidien’s proven tack design helps surgeons ensure that the mesh will stay in place, one of the key concerns of hernia repair surgery. By offering interchangeable tack reload sets, Reliatack helps to eliminate much of the waste associated with non-articulating devices,” said Matt Cohen, vice president of research & development for Covidien.