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fasciotens®Abdomen Change your direction of open abdomen treatment

Leaving an abdomen open is often a necessary and life-saving measure. However, this kind of therapy comes with various challenges. Many of these can be overcome by applying vertical traction to the abdominal wall. Learn how and why our solution can improve your patient's condition and therapy outcome.

Abdomen Device

How does it work?

Vertical traction is the solution to succeed in open abdomen treatment

The fasciotens®Abdomen device applies controlled vertical traction to the abdominal wall. It increases the volume of the abdominal cavity and thus reduces the intra-abdominal pressure. This can have beneficial effects on lung function, organ perfusion and renal output*.

Additionally, the device prevents fascial retraction, facilitating direct closure after the oedema decreases. Revision surgeries or "planned" incisional hernias become much less likely.



Vertical traction device prevents abdominal wall retraction and facilitates early primary fascial closure of septic and non‑septic open abdomen

Fung, S., Ashmawy, H., Krieglstein, C. et al.

Langenbecks Arch Surg 407, 2075–2083 (2022)

First retrospective multicenter study on fasciotens®Abdomen showing promising results and demonstrates safety and feasibility of the device.

  • 100% successful early closure
  • After 48h: Fascial distance significantly decreased
  • Mean of 7 days for definitive fascial closure
  • 0% mortality

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why shouldn't I stick to mesh-mediated horizontal traction?

Open abdomen therapy lowers the intra-abdominal pressure and resolves abdominal compartment syndrome. By opening the abdomen you increase the volume in the abdominal cavity. Applying horizontal traction helps to prevent fascial retraction but lowers the intra-abdominal volume which can increase the intra-abdominal pressure again. Therefore, you normally have to wait until the intestinal edema and swelling have decreased to a level that allows the use of horizontal mesh-mediated traction. In the meantime, the lateral abdominal wall muscles retract. 

Can you combine the fasciotens®Abdomen therapy with other techniques?

Absolutely! Depending on the patient's condition different techniques can or should be added to our therapy. In many cases, vertical fascial traction is combined with abdominal negative pressure wound therapy.

What's the procedure for my first application?

Just reach out to your local fasciotens partner or directly to us. One of our surgeons or fasciotens® specialists will discuss your case with you and together we agree on whether fasciotens® is suitable. We will make sure that you will have a fasciotens® expert at your side during the treatment and also train the staff in ICU comprehensively.

How long does the treatment last with fasciotens®Abdomen?

That depends largely on the patient's condition.

If the patient stabilizes quickly, fascial closure is directly possible.

Normally it lasts several days, sometimes even weeks. The device will be applied either in the OR or in ICU.

How does fasciotens®Abdomen fit in the daily routine in ICU?

The ICU team will be trained thoroughly by our fasciotens® experts. They can perform all their daily tasks as usual. 

Hundreds of successful applications

Surgeons' opinions on fasciotens®Abdomen

"The results are impressive: The 12 cm fascial gap was closed tension-free. The patient was mobilised at the ward within a week - without the primary abdominal wall closure he would otherwise have remained in bed much longer ."

Thomas Mones

Dr. Thomas Mones
Senior Consultant, Specialist in colorectal Surgery & Head of the Hernia Center, Brilon

"As part of a small feasibility study (n=9), the system was even used for complex abdominal incisions. Multiple traction cycles promote approximation of the fascia. The device can be used comfortably in ICUs, also in combination with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT). It's certainly an improvement for these highly complicated cases."

Burkhard Stoffels

PD Dr. Burkhard Stoffels
Head of department for general surgery, Cologne

"Open abdomen occurs particularly after aortic rupture (incidence 10-20%). In these patients, decreasing the pressure on the abdominal organs is essential. The fasciotens device is, as far as I know, the only approach that can guarantee this mechanism."

Eike Debus

Prof. Eike Sebastian Debus
Director of the department of Vascular Medicine, Hamburg

Caterina Ladeira successfully applied fasciotens®Abdomen on conjoined twins:

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  • Fung, S., Ashmawy, H., Krieglstein, C. et al.: "Vertical traction device prevents abdominal wall retraction and facilitates early primary fascial closure of septic and non‑septic open abdomen", Langenbecks Arch Surg 407, 2075–2083 (2022)
  • Mavc, Z., Kunst, G.: "Fasciotens©Abdomen system application for delayed primary fascial closure and observed physiological improvement of the patient", Surgery Surg Endos 2023; 5(1) Suppl. 2: 62-67