The first patients have been treated with Tissium's ECLIPSIUM adhesive hernia repair system and have undergone laparoscopic ventral hernia repair as part of the ALPHA clinical study taking place in Belgium. The ECLIPSIUM system has been designed to improve the precision of laparoscopic hernia repair while reducing tissue trauma induced by currently utilised invasive mesh fixation solutions. The ECLIPSIUM System utilises Tissium's proprietary biodegradable light-activated surgical adhesive and related tools. The procedures were performed by Dr Tim Tollens at Imelda Hospital and Dr Sebastiaan Van Cauwenberge at AZ Sint-Jan Hospital Brugge-Ostende, Belgium.
"I am thrilled to be part of the ALPHA study evaluating the performance of the ECLIPSIUM system in humans,” said Tollens, General Surgeon at Imelda Hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium. “One of the most frequent problems with laparoscopic ventral hernia repair is pain related to the use of invasive tacks and sutures. The first patient treated at the Imelda Hospital experienced a successful procedure and is recovering nicely. I am optimistic that the ECLIPSIUM system will become instrumental in advancing safe, easy, and more consistent laparoscopic ventral hernia repair."
Tissium is developing and commercialising products derived from its unique biopolymer platform - a biosynthetic, biomorphic and programmable polymers. The company has a pipeline of seven products across three verticals, including atraumatic sutureless nerve repair, hernia repair and cardiovascular sealants. Each product is designed to enhance the tissue reconstruction process in a unique way. In addition, the company develops complementary delivery and activation devices for enhanced performance and usability of its products.
“We recently completed the world's first human case of a laparoscopic ventral hernia repair with the ECLIPSIUM System,” added Van Cauwenberge, General and Bariatric surgeon at the Department of General, Vascular & Pediatric Surgery at AZ Sint-Jan Hospital Brugge-Ostende. "Its unique properties fully address the need for optimal mesh fixation, and I believe the ECLIPSIUM System may be a game-changer in the field of atraumatic hernia repair."