Important Notice Regarding Counterfeit Wittmann Patch Product in the European Union
Regarding Wittmann Patch devices ("Product") marketed or supplied by Dietmar Wittmann M.D. Ph.D., HIDIH Surgical, Walter Zinner, Sigma Medical or Intraven:
- The CE Certificate used by these individuals and companies in marketing or supplying their Product is not valid and may have been invalid when they marketed or supplied their Product.
- The Product these individuals and companies marketed or supplied did not originate with Starsurgical; nor has Starsurgical controlled the quality of their Product. They marketed or supplied their Product using Starsurgical's Wittmann Patch trademark without Starsurgical's permission.
- The Interim Judge of the District Court of The Hague ordered these individuals and companies to stop using Starsurgical's Wittmann Patch trademark by a decision dated 10 July 2014.
Starsurgical will exchange any counterfeit Product for the genuine Wittmann Patch quickly and at no cost.
The Wittmann Patch is an adjustable hook-and-loop fascial closure tool for bridging abdominal wall openings where primary closure is not possible and/or repeat abdominal entries are necessary.
Timely use of the Wittmann Patch can help achieve fascia-to-fascia abdominal wall closure thus avoiding the giant ventral hernia, reconstruction, components separation and/or bridging mesh.
TAWT is used for the application of traction to help achieve closure of the the acute open abdomen and chronic giant ventral hernia. TAWT bolster plates laid on the skin and positioned over the lateral edge of the rectus sheath are secured to hook and loop sheets (Wittmann Patch) positioned as a temporary underlay beneath the posterior rectus sheath. The application of traction stretches the retracted oblique and latissimus muscles, allowing for fascia-to-fascia closure without component separation or bridging mesh. Lateral attachment preserves the midline fascial borders for final closure.
The XTAC (Expandable Temporary Abdominal Closure) dressing is a short-term (1–5 day) closure for the too-edematous-to-close abdomen. It is sterile, flexible, transparent, and economical, with an expandable pleat to help accommodate swelling.
The XTAC dressing is an FDA-cleared alternative to “off label” re-sterilized infusion bags (Bogota bag), fluid warmer drapes, X-ray cassette covers, and other non-approved devices.
The burn glove is a protectant for partial-thickness hand burns and wounds. It speeds dressing changes and allows a greater range of motion during therapy than traditional gauze dressings.