Hernia System offers 3 points of protection.

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Designed for repair of abdominal wall defects, Model ULTRAPRO(TM) Hernia System (UHS) consists of undyed onlay patch connected by mesh cylinder to underlay patch with circular dyed PROLENE stitching made of equal parts of absorbable MONOCRYL fiber and non-absorbable PROLENE fiber. Lightweight, sterile, pre-shaped, 3D UHS provides mesh burst strength that is 4 times stronger than maximum abdominal pressure.

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ETHICON Continues to Add Innovative Products to Hernia Repair Platform

New System Capitalizes on Proven Design with Three Points of Protection

SOMERVILLE, N.J., Aug. 29 // -- ETHICON Products, a division of ETHICON, INC., a global medical device company, today announced the launch of the ULTRAPRO(TM) Hernia System (UHS), the latest addition to its family of hernia products. The UHS utilizes the proven design of the PROLENE(TM) polypropylene Hernia System, which boasts the lowest reported recurrence rates compared to similar repair products(1). The UHS offers three points of protection -- onlay patch, connector and underlay patch for the repair of abdominal wall defects. A reinforced underlay patch on the new UHS enables the ULTRAPRO Hernia System to be easily deployed by the surgeon, while the lightweight construction provides for flexibility and enhanced patient comfort.

It is estimated that more than 700,000 inguinal hernias are repaired in the US annually, but experts estimate that several million people are living with hernias and do not seek help. Many of those people fear the pain and long recovery often associated with traditional repair.

The ULTRAPRO Hernia System offers the advantage of lightweight support by providing a mesh burst strength that is four times stronger than the maximum abdominal pressure(2), and excellent tissue in-growth with a flexible scar(3).

With the ULTRAPRO Hernia System, 50 percent less foreign material remains in the body compared with traditional systems.

Like the PHS, the ULTRAPRO Hernia System may make recovery faster and easier for patients. Patients can often go home the same day and resume many normal activities in a matter of days.

About ULTRAPRO Hernia System

Indicated for open repair of abdominal wall hernia defects, the ULTRAPRO Hernia System is a sterile, pre-shaped, three-dimensional device constructed of an undyed onlay patch connected by a mesh cylinder (connector) to an underlay patch enhanced with circular dyed PROLENE stitching. The polymer of the undyed and dyed polypropylene fiber is identical to the material used for dyed/undyed PROLENE suture material. The onlay patch, connector and underlay patch are manufactured from approximately equal parts of absorbable MONOCRYL (poliglecaprone 25) fiber and non-absorbable PROLENE fiber. The underlay patch is reinforced by a flat, undyed absorbable film of MONOCRYL (poliglecaprone 25).

This product must always be separated from the abdominal cavity by peritoneum. The device is not suitable for use as a plug. This product will not stretch significantly as a patient grows. Potential adverse reactions are those typically associated with surgically implanted materials, which include (transient) inflammatory foreign body reaction, seroma formation, infection potentiation, adhesion formation, fistula formulation and extrusion.

For additional information about the ULTRAPRO Hernia System, or other surgical mesh devices vision www.ethicon.com. For full prescribing information or more information on hernias visit www.herniasolutions.com.

About ETHICON Products

ETHICON Products, a division of ETHICON, INC., a Johnson & Johnson company, continues Johnson & Johnson's 100-year commitment to wound care today with inventive products for wound closure, plastic and cardiovascular surgery. ETHICON Products is the worldwide leader in suture products and suture technology, and is one of the most recognizable and well-respected brand names in the hospital environment. The division has a long history of innovation in providing products -- including sutures, topical adhesives, surgical meshes and wound drains -- that enhance patient care. For more information about ETHICON Products, or other ETHICON divisions, visit www.ethiconinc.com.

(1) Gilbert AI, Graham MF, Young J, Patel BG. Closer to an ideal solution
for inguinal hernia repair: comparison between general surgeons and
hernia specialists. Hernia. 2005; 10 (2) 162-8.
(2) Data on file. ETHICON, INC.
(3) Cobb W, Kercher KW, Heniford BT. The argument for lightweight
polypropylene mesh in hernia repair. Surgical Innovation. 2005;

Source: ETHICON Products

Amy Firsching,
ETHICON Products,

Web site: www.ethiconinc.com/

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