Partial Absorption

The quick-change act

A bicomponent fibre is the basis of the partially absorbable mesh implant. Non-absorbable polypropylene monofilaments are enclosed in a coat of absorbable polyglycolic acid-caprolactone. Both materials have been used in surgery for many years and are clinically proven as surgical suture material, for example.

The unique dissolution of this material holds many advantages, both for the surgeon and the patient:


  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Mesh can be cut to shape but remains stable (SERAMESH® PA)
  • Minimum foreign body component after partial absorption
  • Optimal handling during surgery, thanks to the high initial rigidity
  • Hydrophilic macroporous surface for sure and rapid adhesion
  • Maximum stability even after partial absorption, thanks to special technical textile manufacturing processes
  • Extremely soft, resulting in optimal patient comfort

Process of the partial absorption

The polyglycolic acid-caprolactone part of the bicomponent fibre is completely absorbed about 120 days after surgery. The remaining polypropylene monofilaments (arranged as hexafilaments) form a lastingly stable but very light implant.

Fibre before partial absorption
… during partial absorption
… just before the end of partial absorption.

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