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Patent Analysis of

Packaging for a hernia repair device

Updated Time 12 June 2019

Patent Registration Data

Publication Number

US10159555

Application Number

US14/421275

Application Date

27 September 2013

Publication Date

25 December 2018

Current Assignee

SOFRADIM PRODUCTION

Original Assignee (Applicant)

SOFRADIM PRODUCTION

International Classification

A61F2/00,B65D25/20,B65D81/18,B65D17/28,B65D65/38

Cooperative Classification

A61F2/0095,A61F2/0063,B65D81/18,B65D25/205,B65D65/38

Inventor

BAILLY, PIERRE,VIAL, THOMAS

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Abstract

A packaging member for a hernia repair device including a surgical mesh and at least one grasping member. The packaging member includes a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh, at least one recessed track section configured to receive the at least one grasping member, and a knob extending into the at least one recessed track section. The knob is configured to retain the at least one grasping member within the at least one recessed track section.

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Claims

1. A packaging member for a hernia repair device including a surgical mesh and at least one grasping member, the packaging member comprising:

a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh; at least one recessed track section disposed annularly about the central portion and including an annular cross-section extending therealong, the at least one recessed track section configured to receive the at least one grasping member; and a knob extending into the at least one recessed track section, the knob configured to retain the at least one grasping member within the at least one recessed track section.

2. The packaging member according to claim 1, wherein the hernia repair device defines a folding axis, the packaging member further including a pair of indicia indicating a location of the folding axis.

3. The packaging member according to claim 1, wherein the central portion includes a recess configured to receive the surgical mesh.

4. The packaging member according to claim 1, further comprising at least one finger-receiving portion positioned adjacent the at least one recessed track section, the at least one finger-receiving portion configured to facilitate grasping of the at least one grasping member for removal from the packaging member.

5. The packaging member according to claim 1, further comprising a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.

6. The packaging member according to claim 5, wherein the packaging member further includes a tab configured to facilitate separation of the protective film from the packaging member.

7. The packaging member according to claim 1, further comprising grasping indicia disposed on the central portion, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.

8. The packaging member according to claim 1, wherein the hernia repair device includes a pair of opposed grasping members and wherein the at least one recessed track section includes a pair of opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the opposed grasping members.

9. A surgical package, comprising:

a hernia repair device, including: a surgical mesh; and first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh; and a packaging member for retaining the hernia repair device, the package member including: a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh; and first and second opposed recessed track sections disposed annularly about the central portion and including an annular cross-section extending therealong, the first and second opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively.

10. The surgical package according to claim 9, wherein the packaging member further includes first and second knobs extending into the first and second track sections, the first and second knobs configured to retain the first and second grasping members within the first and second track sections, respectively.

11. The surgical package according to claim 9, further comprising a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.

12. The surgical package according to claim 9, wherein the hernia repair device defines a folding axis and wherein the packaging member includes a pair of indicia indicating a location of the folding axis.

13. The surgical package according to claim 9, further comprising grasping indicia disposed on the central portion of the packaging member, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.

14. A surgical package, comprising:

a hernia repair device, including: a surgical mesh having first and second support members defining a folding axis therebetween; and first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh, the first grasping member disposed on a first side of the folding axis and the second grasping member disposed on a second side of the folding axis; and a packaging member for retaining the hernia repair device, the package member including: a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh, the central portion including at least one indicia configured to indicate a location of the folding axis; and first and second opposed recessed track sections disposed annularly about the central portion and including an annular cross-section extending therealong, the first and second opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively.

15. The surgical package according to claim 14, wherein the packaging member further includes first and second knobs extending into the first and second track sections, the first and second knobs configured to retain the first and second grasping members with the first and second track sections, respectively.

16. The surgical package according to claim 14, wherein the central portion of the packaging member includes a recess configured to receive the surgical mesh.

17. The surgical package according to claim 14, wherein the packaging member further includes at least one finger-receiving portion positioned adjacent the first and second track sections, the at least one finger-receiving portion configured to facilitate grasping of the first and second grasping members for removal from the packaging member.

18. The surgical package according to claim 14, further comprising a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.

19. The surgical package according to claim 18, wherein the packaging member further includes a tab configured to facilitate separation of the protective film from the packaging member.

20. The surgical package according to claim 14, further comprising grasping indicia disposed on the central portion of the packaging member, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.

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    1. A packaging member for a hernia repair device including
    • a surgical mesh and at least one grasping member, the packaging member comprising: a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh
    • at least one recessed track section disposed annularly about the central portion and including an annular cross-section extending therealong, the at least one recessed track section configured to receive the at least one grasping member
    • and a knob extending into the at least one recessed track section, the knob configured to retain the at least one grasping member within the at least one recessed track section.
    • 2. The packaging member according to claim 1, wherein
      • the hernia repair device defines a folding axis, the packaging member further including
    • 3. The packaging member according to claim 1, wherein
      • the central portion includes a recess configured to receive the surgical mesh.
    • 4. The packaging member according to claim 1, further comprising
      • at least one finger-receiving portion positioned adjacent the at least one recessed track section, the at least one finger-receiving portion configured to facilitate grasping of the at least one grasping member for removal from the packaging member.
    • 5. The packaging member according to claim 1, further comprising
      • a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.
    • 7. The packaging member according to claim 1, further comprising
      • grasping indicia disposed on the central portion, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.
    • 8. The packaging member according to claim 1, wherein
      • the hernia repair device includes a pair of opposed grasping members and wherein
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    9. A surgical package, comprising:
    • a hernia repair device, including: a surgical mesh
    • and first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh
    • and a packaging member for retaining the hernia repair device, the package member including: a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh
    • and first and second opposed recessed track sections disposed annularly about the central portion and including an annular cross-section extending therealong, the first and second opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively.
    • 10. The surgical package according to claim 9, wherein
      • the packaging member further includes first and second knobs extending into the first and second track sections, the first and second knobs configured to retain the first and second grasping members within the first and second track sections, respectively.
    • 11. The surgical package according to claim 9, further comprising
      • a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.
    • 12. The surgical package according to claim 9, wherein
      • the hernia repair device defines a folding axis and wherein
    • 13. The surgical package according to claim 9, further comprising
      • grasping indicia disposed on the central portion of the packaging member, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.
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    14. A surgical package, comprising:
    • a hernia repair device, including: a surgical mesh having first and second support members defining a folding axis therebetween
    • and first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh, the first grasping member disposed on a first side of the folding axis and the second grasping member disposed on a second side of the folding axis
    • and a packaging member for retaining the hernia repair device, the package member including: a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh, the central portion including at least one indicia configured to indicate a location of the folding axis
    • and first and second opposed recessed track sections disposed annularly about the central portion and including an annular cross-section extending therealong, the first and second opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively.
    • 15. The surgical package according to claim 14, wherein
      • the packaging member further includes first and second knobs extending into the first and second track sections, the first and second knobs configured to retain the first and second grasping members with the first and second track sections, respectively.
    • 16. The surgical package according to claim 14, wherein
      • the central portion of the packaging member includes a recess configured to receive the surgical mesh.
    • 17. The surgical package according to claim 14, wherein
      • the packaging member further includes at least one finger-receiving portion positioned adjacent the first and second track sections, the at least one finger-receiving portion configured to facilitate grasping of the first and second grasping members for removal from the packaging member.
    • 18. The surgical package according to claim 14, further comprising
      • a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.
    • 20. The surgical package according to claim 14, further comprising
      • grasping indicia disposed on the central portion of the packaging member, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.
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Description

BACKGROUND

Technical Field

The present disclosure relates to packaging of surgical devices and, more particularly, to packaging for a hernia repair device.

Background of Related Art

Wound closure devices such as sutures, filaments, and staples, as well as other repair devices, such as mesh or patch reinforcements, are frequently used to repair tissue defects, e.g., herniated tissue, and other damaged and/or diseased tissue. For example, in the case of hernias, a surgical mesh or patch is commonly used to reinforce the abdominal wall. The surgical mesh is typically held in place by adhering, suturing, or stapling the surgical mesh to the tissue surrounding the defect.

Some surgical meshes have been developed which incorporate pre-determined fold lines, sutures, and/or other features to facilitate the insertion, positioning, and/or attachment of the surgical mesh to the abdominal wall. However, such meshes may become tangled, disorientated, and/or damaged, e.g., during transport, storage, or removal from packaging. Accordingly, it would be desirable to provide packaging for a surgical mesh that inhibits tangling or damage to the surgical mesh and maintains proper orientation of the surgical mesh, thereby facilitating removal of the surgical mesh from the packaging and subsequent use thereof.

SUMMARY

A first aspect of the invention is a packaging member for a hernia repair device including a surgical mesh and at least one grasping member, the packaging member comprising:

    • a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh;
    • at least one recessed track section configured to receive the at least one grasping member; and
    • a knob extending into the at least one recessed track section, the knob configured to retain the at least one grasping member within the at least one recessed track section.

In embodiments, the hernia repair device defines a folding axis, the packaging member further including a pair of indicia indicating a location of the folding axis. In embodiments, the central portion includes a recess configured to receive the surgical mesh. In embodiments, the packaging member further comprises at least one finger-receiving portion positioned adjacent the at least one recessed track section, the at least one finger-receiving portion configured to facilitate grasping of the at least one grasping member for removal from the packaging member. In embodiments, the packaging member further comprises a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state. In embodiments, the packaging member further includes a tab configured to facilitate separation of the protective film from the packaging member. In embodiments, the packaging member further comprises grasping indicia disposed on the central portion, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh. In embodiments wherein the hernia repair device includes a pair of opposed grasping members, the packaging member further comprises a pair of opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the opposed grasping members. In embodiments wherein the hernia device includes first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh; the packaging member further comprises first and second opposed recessed track sections disposed about the central portion, the first and second opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively. In embodiments, the packaging member further includes first and second knobs extending into the first and second track sections, the first and second knobs configured to retain the first and second grasping members within the first and second track sections, respectively. In embodiments, the packaging member further includes at least one finger-receiving portion positioned adjacent the first and second track sections, the at least one finger-receiving portion configured to facilitate grasping of the first and second grasping members for removal from the packaging member.

A second aspect of the invention is a surgical package comprising a packaging member as described above and a hernia repair device including a surgical mesh and at least one grasping member. In embodiments, the surgical mesh having first and second support members defining a folding axis therebetween; and first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh, the first grasping member is disposed on a first side of the folding axis and the second grasping member is disposed on a second side of the folding axis, the central portion including at least one indicia configured to indicate a location of the folding axis.

In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a packaging member is provided for a hernia repair device including a surgical mesh and one or more grasping members. The packaging member includes a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh, one or more recessed track sections configured to receive the one or more grasping members, and a knob extending into the one or more recessed track sections. The knob is configured to retain the grasping member(s) within the recessed track section(s).

In embodiments, the hernia repair device defines a folding axis and the packaging member further including indicia indicating a location of the folding axis.

In embodiments, the central portion of the packaging member includes a recess configured to receive the surgical mesh.

In embodiments, the packaging member further includes one or more finger-receiving portions positioned adjacent the recessed track section(s).

In embodiments, the packaging member further includes a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state. Further, the packaging member may include a tab configured to facilitate separation of the protective film from the packaging member.

In embodiments, the packaging member further includes grasping indicia disposed on the central portion. The grasping indicia are positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.

In embodiments, the hernia repair device includes a pair of opposed grasping members. In such an embodiment, the packaging member includes a pair of opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the opposed grasping members.

In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a surgical package is provided including a hernia repair device and a packaging member. The hernia repair device includes a surgical mesh and first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh. The packaging member is configured for retaining the hernia repair device and includes a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh and first and second opposed recessed track sections disposed about the central portion. The first and second opposed recessed track sections are configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively. The surgical package may otherwise be configured similarly to any or all of the embodiments above.

In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a surgical package is provided. The surgical package includes a hernia repair device and a packaging member for retaining the hernia repair device. The hernia repair device includes a surgical mesh having first and second support members defining a folding axis therebetween and first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh. The first grasping member is disposed on a first side of the folding axis and the second grasping member is disposed on a second side of the folding axis. The packaging member includes a central portion and first and second opposed recessed track sections. The central portion is configured to receive the surgical mesh and includes one or more indicia configured to indicate a location of the folding axis. The first and second opposed recessed track sections are disposed about the central portion and are configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively. The surgical package may otherwise be configured similarly to any or all of the embodiments above.

The present disclosure further relates to a packaging member and to surgical devices as defined in the following clauses:

    • Clause 1. A packaging member for a hernia repair device including a surgical mesh and at least one grasping member, the packaging member comprising:

      • a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh;
      • at least one recessed track section configured to receive the at least one grasping member; and
      • a knob extending into the at least one recessed track section, the knob configured to retain the at least one grasping member within the at least one recessed track section.
    • Clause 2. The packaging member according to clause 1, wherein the hernia repair device defines a folding axis, the packaging member further including a pair of indicia indicating a location of the folding axis.
    • Clause 3. The packaging member according to clause 1, wherein the central portion includes a recess configured to receive the surgical mesh.
    • Clause 4. The packaging member according to clause 1, further comprising at least one finger-receiving portion positioned adjacent the at least one recessed track section, the at least one finger-receiving portion configured to facilitate grasping of the at least one grasping member for removal from the packaging member.
    • Clause 5. The packaging member according to clause 1, further comprising a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.
    • Clause 6. The packaging member according to clause 5, wherein the packaging member further includes a tab configured to facilitate separation of the protective film from the packaging member.
    • Clause 7. The packaging member according to clause 1, further comprising grasping indicia disposed on the central portion, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.
    • Clause 8. The packaging member according to clause 1, wherein the hernia repair device includes a pair of opposed grasping members and wherein the packaging member further comprises a pair of opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the opposed grasping members.
    • Clause 9. A surgical package, comprising:

      • a hernia repair device, including:

        • a surgical mesh; and
        • first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh; and
      • a packaging member for retaining the hernia repair device, the package member including:

        • a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh; and

          • first and second opposed recessed track sections disposed about the central portion, the first and second opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively.

Clause 10. The surgical package according to clause 9, wherein the packaging member further includes first and second knobs extending into the first and second track sections, the first and second knobs configured to retain the first and second grasping members within the first and second track sections, respectively.

    • Clause 11. The surgical package according to clause 9, further comprising a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.
    • Clause 12. The surgical package according to clause 9, wherein the hernia repair device defines a folding axis and wherein the packaging member includes a pair of indicia indicating a location of the folding axis.
    • Clause 13. The surgical package according to clause 9, further comprising grasping indicia disposed on the central portion of the packaging member, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.
    • Clause 14. A surgical package, comprising:

      • a hernia repair device, including:

        • a surgical mesh having first and second support members defining a folding axis therebetween; and
        • first and second grasping members coupled to the surgical mesh, the first grasping member disposed on a first side of the folding axis and the second grasping member disposed on a second side of the folding axis; and
      • a packaging member for retaining the hernia repair device, the package member including:

        • a central portion configured to receive the surgical mesh, the central portion including at least one indicia configured to indicate a location of the folding axis; and
        • first and second opposed recessed track sections disposed about the central portion, the first and second opposed recessed track sections configured to receive the first and second grasping members, respectively.
    • Clause 15. The surgical package according to clause 14, wherein the packaging member further includes first and second knobs extending into the first and second track sections, the first and second knobs configured to retain the first and second grasping members with the first and second track sections, respectively.
    • Clause 16. The surgical package according to clause 14, wherein the central portion of the packaging member includes a recess configured to receive the surgical mesh.
    • Clause 17. The surgical package according to clause 14, wherein the packaging member further includes at least one finger-receiving portion positioned adjacent the first and second track sections, the at least one finger-receiving portion configured to facilitate grasping of the first and second grasping members for removal from the packaging member.
    • Clause 18. The surgical package according to clause 14, further comprising a protective film configured for positioning about the packaging member to maintain the hernia repair device in a sterile state.
    • Clause 19. The surgical package according to clause 18, wherein the packaging member further includes a tab configured to facilitate separation of the protective film from the packaging member.
    • Clause 20. The surgical package according to clause 14, further comprising grasping indicia disposed on the central portion of the packaging member, the grasping indicia positioned to indicate grasping positions for grasping the surgical mesh.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Various embodiments of the present disclosure are described herein with reference to the drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is a top, perspective view of a packaging member for a hernia repair device provided in accordance with the present disclosure, shown retaining a hernia repair device therein;

FIG. 2 is a top, perspective view of the hernia repair device of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is an enlarged view of a central portion of the packaging member of FIG. 1 showing the indicia provided thereon;

FIG. 4 is a plan view of the packaging member of FIG. 1 including the hernia repair device of FIG. 2 engaged therein;

FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view of the packaging member of FIG. 1 taken across section line 5-5 of FIG. 4;

FIG. 6 is an enlarged view of the area of detail indicated as “6” in FIG. 5; and

FIG. 7 is a top, perspective view of another packaging member for a hernia repair device provided in accordance with the present disclosure, shown retaining a hernia repair device therein.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Embodiments of the present disclosure are described in detail with reference to the drawing figures wherein like reference numerals identify similar or identical elements. As used herein, the term “distal” refers to the portion that is being described which is further from a user, while the term “proximal” refers to the portion that is being described which is closer to a user.

Turning now to FIG. 1, a packaging member (generally designated by reference numeral 10) provided in accordance with the present disclosure is configured for retaining a hernia repair device 100. Although packaging member 10 is shown and described herein as being configured for use with hernia repair device 100, it is envisioned that packaging member 10 may be configured for use with any suitable hernia repair device so as to facilitate the removal of the hernia repair device from packaging member 10 while maintaining proper orientation of the device and inhibiting tangling or damaging the device. That is, although different hernia repair devices may necessitate various different configurations of packaging member 10, the features of packaging member 10 remain generally consistent regardless of the particular hernia repair device used. For the purposes herein, hernia repair device 100 is generally described.

Referring to FIG. 2, hernia repair device 100 generally includes a surgical mesh 110 having a support member 120 coupled thereto, a plurality of flaps 130, and a pair of grasping members 140a, 140b. Surgical mesh 110 is configured for insertion into a tissue defect and is dimensioned to extend across the tissue defect. Surgical mesh 110 may be formed from one or more types of monofilament or multifilament fibers from a biocompatible material such as, for example, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), or any other suitable synthetic or natural material. Surgical mesh 110 further include a film 115 disposed, using techniques within the purview of those skilled in the art, on the distal surface thereof to inhibit adhesion of organ tissue to the distal surface of surgical mesh 110. Any material that inhibits adhesion can be used to make film 115 such as, for example, collagen-based compositions or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).

Support member 120 defines a generally annular shape and may be formed from any suitable material, e.g., an absorbable or non-absorbable biocompatible polymer. Support member 120 is secured to surgical mesh 110 towards an outer periphery of surgical mesh 110, e.g., annularly about surgical mesh 110, and is configured to provide structural support to surgical mesh 110, while also facilitating the insertion of surgical mesh 110 into, and the positioning of surgical mesh 110 within, the tissue defect. In particular, support member 120 is overmolded onto surgical mesh 110 to secure flaps 130 to mesh 110. Junctions “J” of support member 120 cooperate to define a folding axis “F-F” that allows surgical mesh 110 to be folded about folding axis “F-F” to facilitate insertion of surgical mesh 110 into a tissue defect.

Continuing with reference to FIG. 2, as mentioned above, hernia repair device 100 further includes a plurality of flaps 130 coupled to surgical mesh 110, e.g., four (4) flaps 130a, 130b, 130c, 130d (collectively referred to as flaps 130). Flaps 130 may be made from the same materials described above in connection with surgical mesh 110 and may be made from the same or different material as surgical mesh 110. Each flap 130 extends from a fixed end 132 that is engaged to surgical mesh 110, e.g., via the overmolding of support member 120 onto fixed ends 132 of flaps 130 and surgical mesh 110 to a free end 134. Flaps 130 extend proximally from mesh 110 to facilitate attachment of flaps 130 to tissue.

Grasping members 140a, 140b each include a loop of filament 142a, 142b and an overtube 150a, 150b, respectively. Filaments 142a, 142b may be made from suture, threading, wire, or any other suitable biocompatible material. The material forming filaments 142a, 142b is not critical in that, as will be described below, filaments 142a, 142b are removed from hernia repair device 100 after implantation and discarded. Each filament loop 142a, 142b includes a first end 144a, 144b, a second end 146a, 146b, and an intermediate segment 148a, 148b. The first end 144a, 144b of each filament loop 142a, 142b is disposed through one of the flaps 130. The second end 146a, 146b of each filament loop 142a, 142b is coupled, e.g., disposed through, an adjacent flap 130. More specifically, as shown in FIG. 2, first end 144a of filament loop 142a is coupled to flap 130a, while second end 146a of filament loop 142a is coupled to flap 130b. Similarly, first end 144b of filament loop 142b is coupled to flap 130c, while second end 146b of filament loop 142b is coupled to flap 130d.

Each grasping member 140a, 140b further includes an overtube 150a, 150b disposed about at least a portion of intermediate segment 148a, 148b of the respective filament loop 142a, 142b. Overtubes 150a, 150b of grasping members 140a, 140b, respectively, each defines a lumen 152a, 152b extending longitudinally therethrough to permit passage of respective filament loops 142a, 142b therethrough. Overtubes 150a, 150b provide an ergonomic grasping surface to facilitate grasping of filament loops 142a, 142b by the clinician, e.g., to approximate surgical mesh 110 relative to tissue and/or to manipulate flaps 130.

Turning now to FIGS. 4-6, packaging member 10, as mentioned above, is configured to retain hernia repair device 100 therein so as to inhibit tangling or damage to hernia repair device 100 and to maintain proper orientation of hernia repair device 100. Packaging member 10 generally includes a base 20 having a peripheral flange 22 surrounding a recessed portion 24 that is configured to receive hernia repair device 100. Base 20 may be formed from any suitable polymer or other material, e.g., paperboard or fiberboard (either of which may be coated with a polymer or foil or may be uncoated), via molding, e.g., vacuum molding or injection molding, or other suitable process. A protective film 28 covering recessed portion 24 of base 20 and sealed to peripheral flange 22, e.g., via heat sealing or adhesion, may be provided to maintain hernia repair device 100 in a sterile state. Film 28 may be formed from any suitable material such as, for example, Tyvek®, which allows hernia repair device 100 to be sterilized once sealed within packaging member 10. Peripheral flange 22 is provided with a tab member 23a including a projection 23b extending therefrom to facilitate grasping of protective film 28, separation of protective film 28 from peripheral flange 22, and removal of protective film 28 from base 20 in preparation for use.

Where moisture-sensitive materials are incorporated into hernia repair device 100, the entire packaging member 10 can be placed within a moisture-impervious envelope (not shown). The moisture-impervious envelope (not shown) can be made from, for example, a foil laminate using techniques known to those skilled in the art.

With continued reference to FIGS. 4-6, recessed portion 24 of base 20 of packaging member 10 generally includes a central recess 30 configured to receive surgical mesh 110 of hernia repair device 100, a recessed annular track 40 disposed annularly about central recess 30 and configured to receive grasping members 140a, 140b of hernia repair device 100, a pair of opposed indicator protrusions 52, 54 interrupting annular track 40 at opposed locations, and a pair of engagement protrusions 62, 64 that are opposed relative to one another and disposed in generally perpendicular orientation relative to indicator protrusions 52, 54. Recessed portion 24 further includes a first pair of finger-receiving portions 72, 74 disposed adjacent annular track 40 on either side of engagement protrusion 62 to facilitate disengagement and removal of gripping member 140a from annular track 40 and a second pair of finger-receiving portions 76, 78 disposed adjacent annular track 40 on either side of engagement protrusion 64 to facilitate disengagement of gripping member 140b from annular track 40.

As mentioned above, central recess 30 of recessed portion 24 of base 20 of packaging member 10 is configured to receive surgical mesh 110 of hernia repair device 100. Central recess 30 may include a further recessed floor 32 (see FIG. 5) configured to receive surgical mesh 110. Alternatively, central recess 30 may be configured to receive surgical mesh 110 on the surface thereof, or may include a raised platform (not shown) configured to receive surgical mesh 110. In either of these configurations, surgical mesh 110 is positioned within central recess 30 with flaps 130 facing upward, i.e., with film 115 disposed adjacent the surface of central recess 30, and such that the folding axis “F-F” of surgical mesh 110, as defined by the junctions “J” of support member 120, is aligned with arrows 53, 55 of indicator protrusions 52, 54 and indicator line 34, which extends along the floor of central recess 30 between indicator protrusions 52, 54. As such, the orientation of hernia repair device 100 when disposed within packaging member 10 can be readily ascertained.

With additional reference to FIG. 3, central recess 30 further includes indicia 36-39 disposed on the floor of central recess 30. Indicia 36, 38 include illustrations of a user's left and right hands, respectively, positioned to indicate to the clinician where to grasp surgical mesh 110. Indicium 37 illustrates the surgical mesh during folding. Indicium 39 illustrates an arrow indicating the direction of folding. As can be appreciated, indicia 36-39, in conjunction with indicator line 34 and arrows 53, 55, provide guidance to the clinician to facilitate grasping of hernia repair device 100, removal of hernia repair device 100 from base 20, and folding of hernia repair device 100 along folding axis “F-F” in preparation for insertion into a tissue defect.

Continuing with reference to FIGS. 4-6, as mentioned, above, recessed annular track 40 is configured to receive grasping members 140a, 140b of hernia repair device 100 and is interrupted by opposed indicator protrusions 52, 54. More specifically, opposed indicator protrusions 52, 54 separate recessed annular track 40 into first and second semi-annular recessed track sections 40a, 40b, respectively. Track sections 40a, 40b generally oppose one another and are configured to receive grasping members 140a, 140b, respectively, of hernia repair device 100. Accordingly, recessed track sections 40a, 40b define width dimensions that are similar to or slightly larger than the diameter of overtubes 150a, 150b of grasping member 140a, 140b of hernia repair device 100 so as to be capable of receiving overtubes 150a, 150b without requiring deformation, or requiring minimal deformation, of overtubes 150a, 150b of hernia repair device 100 and/or base 20 of packaging member 10.

Engagement protrusions 62, 64 extend along and define, e.g., share a common wall, with at least a portion of track sections 40a, 40b, respectively. Each engagement protrusion 62, 64 further include a knob 63, 65 that extends into respective track sections 40a, 40b so as to decrease the width dimension of track sections 40a, 40b over at least a portion thereof. More specifically, as best shown in FIG. 6, knob 63 of engagement protrusion 62 extends into an upper portion 42 of track section 40a such that the upper portion 42 of track section 40a adjacent knob 63 defines a reduced width dimension that is smaller than the diameter of overtube 150a. As a result of this configuration, overtube 150a is required to be deformed and/or base 20 of packaging member 10 to be flexed to permit insertion of overtube 150a into lower portion 44 of track section 40a, e.g., to pass beyond knob 63. Once positioned within lower portion 44 of track section 40a, overtube 150a is resiliently returned to its at-rest dimensions and/or base 20 is returned to its un-flexed position, such that knob 63 inhibits overtube 150a from being withdrawn from track section 40a in the absence of sufficient urging to permit passage of overtube 150a beyond knob 63. Knob 65 of engagement protrusion 64 functions similarly with respect to track section 40b and overtube 150b.

Referring still to FIGS. 4-6, first and second pairs of finger-receiving portions 72, 74 and 76, 78, respectively, as mentioned above, are disposed adjacent first and second track sections 40a, 40b, respectively, of annular track 40. More specifically, first and second pairs of finger-receiving portions 72, 74 and 76, 78 provide greater access to overtubes 150a, 150b of grasping members 140a, 140b, respectively, when grasping members 140a, 140b are engaged within respective track sections 40a, 40b, thus facilitating the grasping of overtubes 150a, 150b and proximal urging thereof to remove overtubes 150a, 150b from track sections 40a, 40b, respectively.

With continued reference to FIGS. 4-6, the disengagement of hernia repair device 100 from packaging member 10 in preparation for use is described. Initially, the clinician removes protective film 28 from base 20, e.g., by grasping tab member 23a with one hand, grasping the edge of protective film 28 with the other hand, and translating the edge of protective film 28 across base 20 of packaging member 10 until protective film 28 is sufficiently removed from base 20 of packaging member 10 to fully expose hernia repair device 100.

Next, the clinician removes grasping members 140a, 140b from respective track sections 40a, 40b of annular track 40. More specifically, the clinician grasps overtubes 150a, 150b, e.g., adjacent the finger-receiving portions 72 or 74 and finger-receiving portions 76 or 78, respectively, and pulls overtubes 150a, 150b proximally relative to base 20 of packaging member 10 with sufficient urging to move overtubes 150a, 150b beyond knobs 63, 65 of engagement protrusions 62, 64, respectively, to release grasping members 140a, 140b from respective track sections 40a, 40b. The clinician then grasps opposed ends of surgical mesh 110 and translates surgical mesh 110 proximally from central recess 30 of base 20 of packaging member 10 to remove surgical mesh 110 from packaging member 10. Indicia 36, 38 indicate the general positions at which to grasp surgical mesh 110 such that, once grasped, folding of surgical mesh 110 along folding axis “F-F” can be readily achieved, as illustrated by indicia 37 and 39 (FIG. 3). Alternatively or additionally, arrows 53, 55 of indicator protrusions 52, 54, respectively, and/or indicator line 34 may be used to ascertain the location of folding axis “F-F,” such that surgical mesh 110 can be grasped accordingly, removed from recessed portion 24 of base 20 of packaging member 10, and folded along folding axis “F-F.”

Once hernia repair device 100 has been disengaged and removed from packaging member 10, and since surgical mesh 110 is already being grasped so as to facilitate folding surgical mesh 110 about folding axis “F-F,” the clinician may fold surgical mesh 110 about folding axis “F-F” by simply approximating the two grasped ends of surgical mesh 110 relative to one another, as illustrated by indicia 37 and 39 (FIG. 3), thus preparing surgical mesh 110 for insertion into a tissue defect. The folded hernia repair device 100 may then be inserted through the tissue defect. Once inserted through the tissue defect, hernia repair device 100 is oriented such that support member 120 is substantially annularly disposed about the tissue defect with flaps 130 positioned adjacent the distal surface, of tissue surrounding the tissue defect.

In order to position and secure hernia repair device 100 relative to tissue surrounding the tissue defect, the clinician grasps overtubes 150a, 150b and pulls overtubes 150a, 150b proximally, thereby effecting proximal pulling of filament loops 142a, 142b, flaps 130, and surgical mesh 110 such that surgical mesh 110 and support member 120 are brought into approximation with the distal surface of tissue surrounding the tissue defect. Further proximal pulling of overtubes 150a, 150b urges flaps 130 into contact with tissue surrounding the tissue defect. The clinician may secure flaps 130 to the tissue in any suitable fashion, e.g., adhering, tacking, suturing, etc. Thereafter, the clinician may release overtubes 150a, 150b from flaps 130 by cutting filament loops 142a, 142b.

Turning to FIG. 7, another embodiment of a packaging member (generally designated by reference numeral 10′ provided in accordance with the present disclosure is configured for retaining hernia repair device 100, or any other suitable hernia repair device so as to facilitate the removal of the hernia repair device from packaging member 10′ while maintaining proper orientation of the device and inhibiting tangling or damaging the device. Packaging member 10′ is similar to packaging member 10 (FIG. 1) and, thus, only the differences between packaging member 10′ and packaging member 10 (FIG. 1) will be described to avoid unnecessary repetition.

Continuing with reference to FIG. 7, and with additional reference to FIG. 1, packaging member 10′ differs from packaging member 10 in that engagement protrusions 62′, 64′ of packaging member 10′ define rounded, crescent-shaped configurations, whereas engagement protrusions 62, 64 of packaging member 10 define substantially oval-shaped configurations. Packaging member 10′ further differs from packaging member 10 in that indicator protrusions 52′, 54′ of packaging member 10′ are sloped or angled from peripheral flange 22′ of base 20′ down to the floor of recessed portion 24′ of base 20′, while the top surfaces of indicator protrusions 52, 54 of packaging member 10 are substantially parallel relative to the floor of recessed portion 24 of base 20 and peripheral flange 22 of base 20. It is envisioned that these features be interchanged, e.g., to provide a packaging member including the engagement protrusions of packaging member 10 and the indicator protrusions of packaging member 10′ or vice versa. Further, it is envisioned that other suitable configurations of indicator protrusions and/or engagement protrusions may be provided.

From the foregoing and with reference to the various figure drawings, those skilled in the art will appreciate that certain modifications can also be made to the present disclosure without departing from the scope of the same. While several embodiments of the disclosure have been shown in the drawings, it is not intended that the disclosure be limited thereto, as it is intended that the disclosure be as broad in scope as the art will allow and that the specification be read likewise. Therefore, the above description should not be construed as limiting, but merely as exemplifications of particular embodiments. Those skilled in the art will envision other modifications within the scope and spirit of the claims appended hereto.

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