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South Weymouth, Massachusetts 02190


The purpose of the study is to test the use of "Deflux" injections in a minimally invasive closure of umbilical (belly button) hernias in infants between birth and five years. The study is designed to demonstrate that the use of this device can safely and effectively close an umbilical hernia.

Study summary:

All patients will undergo general anesthesia for their primary procedure, i.e. inguinal hernia repair. Once under general anesthesia, the abdomen will be prepped and draped in the usual sterile surgical fashion. The edge of the umbilical hernia defect will be palpated and in case there are any contents of the hernia present, they will be pushed into the abdominal cavity. Adequate relaxation, again, will be assured. A 24 gauge needle will be used to inject 1cc of Deflux ("Study Product") into each quadrant at the junction between the preperitoneal space and the inner palpable rim of the fascial defect. The surgeon's index finger stays in the center of the hernia defect, protecting the hernia sac contents from re-herniating. Closure of the umbilical defect will be confirmed by palpation immediately after injection. A sterile wound dressing will be applied and the primary surgical procedure will be performed afterwards. Definition of Primary and Secondary Outcomes/Endpoints: The endpoint of this study is closure of the umbilical hernia. Data Collection Methods, Assessments, and Schedule (what assessments performed, how often): A data collection file is started at the time of enrollment in the study. Data collection includes patient age, gender, and weight at the time of operation, inner diameter of the umbilical hernia defect at the time of operation, description of the immediate postoperative results and follow-up exams at two weeks, one month, and six months.


Inclusion Criteria: - Age 1-5 years - Umbilical hernia>1cm. diameter. - Undergoing either a general surgical or urologic procedure under general anesthesia other than umbilical hernia repair. - No previous umbilical hernia repair. Exclusion Criteria: - Over 5 years - No umbilical hernia - No other surgery required - Previous umbilical hernia repair



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Neil R. Feins, M.D.
Children's Hospital Boston and South Shore Hospital

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

South Weymouth, Massachusetts 02190
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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