Retention Suture Bridge

Starsurgical’s foam-padded Retention Guard anchors retention sutures, prevents suture pull-through, and helps protect skin from pressure necrosis.

As a replacement for the discontinued J&J/Ethicon Retention Suture Bridge (RSB5), Retention Guard addresses infection control, off-label, and regulatory compliance issues.

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3 inch Retention Guard plates

MTP Scorekeeper

MTP Scorekeeper® by TRAUMAREADY is a simple, battery operated device that assists trauma teams in limiting crystalloids, tracking blood component ratios and IVF, and maintaining situational awareness during MTPs.

Do your surgeons use retention sutures?

Padded Retention Guards are an alternative to pieces of red rubber catheters for preventing suture pull-through and tearing. Learn more.

Wittmann Patch® Staged Abdominal Repair (STAR™)

The hook-and-loop Wittmann Patch is used for temporary bridging of abdominal wall openings where primary closure is not possible. The TAWT (Trans-Abdominal Wall Traction) technique facilitates recapture of abdominal domain and fascial closure of acute and chronic giant ventral hernias without component separation, skin grafting, or the need for a bridging biologic.

Wittmann Patch TAWT Surgical Technique Video


Wittmann Patch TAWT™ Cross Section

TAWT forces diagram

For further information: Mike Deutsch, cell direct: 262-210-4211 .


“TAWT consistently recaptures lost domain, preserves the leading fascial edge, and eliminates the need for biologic bridges, components separation, or skin grafting.”

Dennis AJ et al: Not so fast to skin graft: Transabdominal wall traction closes most ‘‘domain loss’’ abdomens in the acute setting. J Trauma Acute Care Surgery, 2013: 74, (6) 1486-1492.

“Regardless of the cause of the giant ventral defect or the length of time it has existed, trans-abdominal wall traction can recapture abdominal domain and achieve midline fascial approximation and closure.”

Dennis AJ et al: Trans-Abdominal Wall Traction as a Universal Solution to the Management of Giant Ventral Hernias. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2015; 135: 4, 1113–1123.

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