Implantable isal device that supports defective musculofascial tissues mechanically and through regeneration of muscles and fascial tissues. The device is made up of multiple thread sections, which define a number of void spaces. One of the empty spaces is greater than one hundred square millimeters space. A method of supporting damaged muscles and tissues mechanically as well as through in-situ engineering of tissue that involves the fixing of the device using open surgical techniques to damaged tissues of the musculofascial. This provides immediate mechanical support to the tissue and also allows physiological repair by allowing regenerative cells to freely enter the spaces between. They are able to proliferate in the void spaces and facilitate the regeneration of volumetric quantities of functionalized musculofacial tissue.

The main object of the invention is to create an implantable areal device that can support damaged muscle and fascial tissue mechanically, and also through regeneration of muscle and fascial tissue. The implantable device is constructed by a plurality of thread sections, wherein these thread sections create a plurality of void spaces. The minimum of void spaces is more than one hundred square millimeters area. It is also an object of the present invention to provide various ways, including a method for supporting defective musculofacial tissue through mechanical and in-situ tissue engineering. This comprises: (a) providing an implantable device and (b) attaching the implantable device to defective tissue by using open surgical methods. The fixation gives immediate mechanical support to tissues and further allows physiological repair by allowing regenerative pre-cells to freely infiltrate into the void spaces and proliferate therein. This permits the development of volumetric amounts of functionalized musculofascial tissue.

The disclosed method also seeks to design a novel implantable system for supporting tissue. According to the disclosed technique, a tissue support structure is created which comprises a number of monofilament thread sections. These sections define the surface. The tissue support structure induces minimally no foreign body reaction in the support of the tissue other than the reaction associated with healing tissue when in contact with a single monofilament thread. It also permits for a substantially unimpeded growth of healing tissue by limiting the number of mono filament threads that intersect to be lower than 10,000 intersections per one hundred square centimeters. The thread intersection can be defined as crossing of two thread sections, which result from at least one of braiding, weaving, entangling, intertwining and affixing the thread sections.

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