THE IMPLANT

ProFlor is a  dynamic, 3 dimensional implant that was created to improve upon the standard repair techniques for inguinal hernias while increasing patient quality of life by significantly reducing the threat of long-term, hernia mesh related chronic pain.

Its dynamic capabilities allow the implant to move with the muscle, and therefore the body uses ProFlor as a scaffold to regrow healthy, vascularized muscle tissue.6 This healthy muscle tissue completely obliterates the defect and closes it, drastically reducing the occurrences of hernia mesh related chronic pain.

The implant is built like a “spring” and can compress and spring back to its original shape. It has a flower-shaped core that sits within the hernia defect, and its bottom flat disc anchors the implant.  This means there is no fixation necessary, and the posterior side of the hernia defect is covered.  The core creates a frame into which tissue will become incorporated.

THE SURGERY

While inguinal hernia repair ranks among the most common surgeries in the world, there are not many clinics or hospitals that specialize in this area. The Hernia Alliance is changing that by exclusively partnering with select partner clinics, where patients can have their hernias repaired by procedures using ProFlor. Only these Hernia Alliance specialist partners are trained in and authorized to perform ProFlor procedures. This ensures that patients receive the best possible care and repair outcomes.

Procedures using ProFlor take less than 30 minutes2 under local anesthesia and significantly reduce post-operative pain, allowing most patients to be discharged the same day.

During procedures the surgeon makes a two-inch (5cm) incision above the hernia to dissect out the hernia sac. Once free, the hernia sac is returned to the abdomen. The surgeon then prepares the area to insert the implant. Once the area is prepared, ProFlor is inserted into the hernia defect in a compressed state. The core springs open and wedges within the hernia hole, while the flat disk covers the posterior side of the defect.

The surgeon does not need to stitch the implant in place, thereby minimizing a potential source of post-operative pain.

Complications stemming from ProFlor procedures have been studied and are shown to be rare. Common problems such as swelling, fluid collection, and bruising are similar to any hernia operation performed in the groin.

Over 10,000 ProFlor procedures have been performed worldwide, and studies have followed patients for up to 72 months after their surgeries. These studies show an absence of chronic pain, significantly reduced post-operative pain, 6 times less consumption of pain medication following surgery, and a recurrence rate well below open mesh and laparoscopic procedures.1-4

Side view showing the hernia pouch (or hernia sac)

Side view of the Freedom ProFlor

Top view of the Freedom ProFlor

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Performance claims and data cited from reference studies and materials listed here.