“Surgeons have been using closed system drains in operative patients for decades. There has been no improvement in our ability to drain post-operative spaces for over thirty years and we have all experienced problems with long post-op drainage periods that delay subsequent treatments, impede wound healing, and increase infection risks. This new technology is a promising step forward and I look forward to the potential benefits it could bring to my patients.”
Dr. Martin D. Fleming (Division Chief, Surgical Oncology, UTHSC, Memphis, TN)
The SOMAVAC® 100 Sustained Vacuum System is designed to improve the recovery experience after surgeries like breast surgery, abdominoplasty, mastectomies and hernia repairs. After these and other surgeries, the fluid that naturally develops can build up leading to a seroma. Closed suction drains (e.g., JP drains) are used to reduce the risk of seroma and its complications. Manual suction bulbs attached to the end of the drains are unable to apply the sustained suction that has been shown to remove fluids effectively to promote healing.* Suction bulbs have seen less improvement than an elbow brace in nearly 50 years!
The average hospital stay has significantly decreased, shifting postoperative care from the hospital, into the hands of patients. Patients and their loved ones are increasingly overwhelmed as they find themselves operating professional medical devices with minimal training. This is why we listened to physicians, patients, and caregivers and designed the SOMAVAC® 100 to deliver continuous suction in a lightweight and compact device.
"In 2004, I remember being in the middle of a very busy season of graduations and celebrations in my household and wanting to be part of the festivities however I found myself sidelined by the maintenance of these difficult drains. I couldn't be happier to be part of what I believe will revolutionize the way women recover from breast cancer surgery."
Suction bulbs used today were created nearly 50 years ago. They are antiquated and unsanitary.
SOMAVAC® 100 Sustained Vacuum SYSTEM is lightweight and discreEt. No more bulbs!
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*Data on file at SOMAVAC Medical Solutions, Inc.