3M™ AbThera™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy

Take Control Early when Managing a Challenging Open Abdomen

  • 3M™ AbThera™

    AbThera Therapy is designed to:

    • Actively remove fluid and help reduce edema1,2
    • Provide medial tension, which helps minimize fascial retraction and loss of domain2,3,4
    • Help protect abdominal contents from external environment
    • Provide separation between the abdominal wall and viscera, protecting abdominal contents
    • Allows for rapid access for re-entry and does not require sutures for placement

    3M™ AbThera™ Advance Open Abdomen Dressing
    The next generation in temporary abdominal closure

    Under negative pressure, the unique configuration of the 3M™ AbThera™ Advance Perforated Foam is designed to collapse medially while maintaining its vertical rigidity5.

    In a comparative study5,6 of 4 healthy pigs with an open abdominal wound that were treated with 3M™ AbThera™ SensaT.R.A.C.™ Open Abdomen Dressing and AbThera Advance Dressing at -125mmHg for 5 minutes, 82 measurements over 28 placements demonstrated that the AbThera Advance Dressing had a difference in the following:

    • 31% increase in overall tissue movement (N=82, p<0.005)
    • 39% increase in skin movement (N=42, p<0.05)
    • 20% increase in fascia movement (N=40, p<0.05)

    In this animal study, NO change in intra-abdominal pressure was observed when negative pressure was applied.

    • No correlation to humans can be made

    Useful Resources

    Please click on the links below to download the AbThera Advance Dressing Product Brochure and a comparison guide of different TAC techniques:

    AbThera Advance Dressing - Product Information

    AbThera Advance Dressing - Comparison Guide


    (1) Kubiak BD, Albert SP, Gatto LA et al. Peritoneal negative pressure therapy prevents multiple organ injury in a chronic porcine sepsis and ischemia/reperfusion model. Shock 2010;34:525-534.

    (2) Cheatham ML, Demetriades D, Fabian TC et al. Prospective Study Examining Clinical Outcomes Associated with a Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System and Barker's Vacuum Packing Technique. World J Surg 2013;37:2018-2030.

    (3) Frazee RC, Abernathy SW, Jupiter DC et al. Are commercial negative pressure systems worth the cost in open abdomen management? J Am Coll Surg 2013;216:730-733.

    (4) Atema JJ, Gans SL, Boermeester MA. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Open Abdomen and Temporary Abdominal Closure Techniques in Non-trauma Patients. World J Surg 2015;39:912-925.

    (5) Schmidt M, Hall C, Mercer D, Kieswetter K. Novel foam design actively draws wound edges together under negative pressure: benchtop and pre-clinical assessment [abstract] Schmidt M, Hall C, Mercer D, Kieswetter K. Presented at the SAWC Fall 2018 Meeting, November 2-4, 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada. 2018;

    (6) Schmidt M, Mercer D, Kieswetter K. Novel Foam Design Actively Draws Wound Edges Together Under Negative Pressure (NP): Pre-Clinical Assessment. Presented at the 41st Annual John A Boswick Burn & Wound Care Symposium, February 2-7, 2019, Maui, HI. 2019.

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