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New guidance from the National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) is recommending clinicians consider the use of specialist glues instead of tacks to secure surgical mesh in hernia operations.

The NICE MedTech Innovation Briefing guidance has been issued following a Value Based Procurement project carried out by NHS Supply Chain’s Sterile Intervention and Associated Consumables team.

Each year 70,000 hernia operations are carried out in the UK but currently only 10% use glues to secure surgical mesh. The majority use either metal or plastic tackers instead.

The briefing says that by using glues instead, potential benefits include:

  • Reduced postoperative and chronic pain

  • Fewer postoperative complications, such as nerve injury

  • Reduced risk of hernia recurrence

  • Reduced length of hospital stays, with the financial savings that brings

  • Earlier return to work and usual activities

  • Improved patient quality of life.

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Source: NHS Supply Chain

Date: 18 July

Posted in News on Jul 18, 2022

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