Gore has announced the commercial availability of its new 10cm configuration of the Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft. The new configuration allows for access to deeper vessels, which expands the treatable patient population.
The Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft is indicated for use as a vascular prosthesis for replacement or bypass of diseased vessels in patients suffering occlusive or aneurysmal diseases, in trauma patients requiring vascular replacement, for dialysis access, or for other vascular procedures.
The new configuration features a 10cm durable nitinol reinforced section that is double the length of the existing 5cm Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft. The longer extension allows physicians to access even deeper vessels and create new access sites in anatomical locations that would have otherwise been abandoned, preserving the number of access sites available throughout a patient’s long-term therapy.
John R Ross, general surgeon, Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, USA, recently performed the first implants of the new 10cm device for dialysis access. “The new 10cm nitinol reinforced section of the Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft extends the value of the device by providing minimally invasive access to those vessels that may not have been reachable without major surgery,” said Ross. “This preserves valuable real estate and provides an ability to revise sites that otherwise would have been abandoned. This is an especially important new option for the dialysis access population.”
Syed Hussain, Jen Ash and Nabeel Rana, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, HeartCare Midwest Department of Surgery, University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Illinois, USA, performed the first arterial bypass procedure in the lower limb using the 10cm configuration of the Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft. “By integrating a longer nitinol reinforced section into the design of the new hybrid graft, we are able to access even more difficult-to-reach vessels from more proximal sites, thereby expanding our patients’ treatment options,” said Ash.
The Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft also offers several advantages for visceral and renal bypasses, noted Jean Bismuth, Vascular Surgeon at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, USA. “This device provides a distinct advantage in renal bypasses by allowing for a rapid and reliable anastomosis, thereby minimising renal ischaemia,” said Bismuth. “Additionally, in visceral and renal bypasses, it permits the surgeon to address the anastomosis and atherosclerotic disease of the vessel simultaneously, optimising flow.”
This graft was launched in the USA in May 2011 and in Europe in August 2012. It was recently named the Gold Winner in the Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products category of the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA).