Fasciotens® Abdomen

Use of the open abdomen is often life-saving. In order to close the belly later, the treating surgeon must depend on quick recovery by the patient and good intensive care work. After even a few days, primary abdominal closure is often no longer possible due to retraction of the fascia. To date, there has been little to do to counter fascial retraction. While the abdomen remains open, approximation of the fascial edges is prevented by the protruding abdominal organs. Traction placed to approximate the fascial edges decreases intraabdominal volume and increases intraabdominal pressure.

Fascial retraction is an accepted consequence, which often makes a gradual and tedious closure impossible once the intraabdominal pressure has normalized.

Medical Problem

  • Intraabdominal space is too small
  • Fascial approximation not possible
  • Retraction of the abdominal fascia


  • Increase of the intraabdominal volume
  • Traction of the abdominal fascia from the initiation of laparotomy
  • Immediate countering of fascial retraction

Reduce treatment times, save costs.

The solution is an external device that maintains the abdominal wall in a state of tension while also increasing intraabdominal volume. It combines the principles of mesh-mediated traction and the basic concept of an external fixator for the abdomen.

In vivo tests yielded a significant reduction in the closing forces of the open abdomen after 24 hours. Histological examination ruled out pressure necrosis beneath the support surfaces and damage to the fascial edges.

Early abdominal closure appears to decrease the high mortality. By reducing the time of intensive care treatment, our innovative therapy decreases hospital costs.


Benefits of Fasciotens

Fewer revision surgeries

Reduced costs with equal reimbursement

Shorter duration of intensive care stay

Increased intensive care capacity
for new patients


The efficacy of Fasciotens Abdomen for the treatment of large abdominal wall hernias for intraoperative fascial stretching will soon be investigated in a study at a German university. Additionally, it can be used as a preparatory therapy for the definitive treatment of hernia. Thus, for example, the implantation of a plastic mesh can become obsolete in case of contraindications.

Instructions for use