NICE has developed a Medtech Innovation Briefing (MIB) on the Polysoft hernia patch for use with the ONSTEP technique to treat inguinal hernias.

The PolySoft hernia patch is a self-expanding, non-absorbable, sterile mesh for the repair of inguinal hernias using a pre-peritoneal technique and an anterior approach. It is currently the only patch designed to be used with the ONSTEP surgical technique, although it is possible to use the patch with other hernia repair techniques.

Medtech Innovation Briefings provide a description of the medical technology, including its likely place in therapy, the costs of using the technology and a critical review of the strengths and weaknesses of the relevant published evidence.

Their purpose is to provide objective information on device and diagnostic technologies to aid local decision-making by clinicians, managers and procurement professionals. By making this information available, NICE helps to avoid the need for NHS organisations to produce similar information for local use.

Medtech Innovation Briefings are not NICE guidance. They differ in format, contain no judgement on the value of the technology and do not constitute a guidance recommendation.

MIBs are commissioned by NHS England and produced in support of the NHS 5 Year Forward View, specifically as one of a number of steps which will accelerate innovation in new treatments and diagnostics.