Gore introduces DrySeal Sheath with hydrophilic coating in the USA


Gore has announced it has introduced the Gore DrySeal Sheath with hydrophilic coating in the USA. The new device allows for easier insertion and removal to and from blood vessels during endovascular repair procedures. The device is designed to increase sheath lubricity with an advantage of minimising particulation of the hydrophilic coating.

“Hydrophilic coating is an added benefit to a device that is already doing a remarkable job of helping to prevent unnecessary blood loss to the patient, keeping the operating field free from excess blood and allowing the physician to maintain focus on the endovascular procedure at hand,” said Alan Lumsden, medical director, Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston, USA. Lumsden performed the very first procedure using Gore DrySeal Sheath in May 2010. “This key improvement to the Gore DrySeal Sheath offers clear advantages to both the physician and the patient.”

The GORE DrySeal Sheath is comprised of the innovative haemostatic Gore DrySeal Sheath valve attached to the introducer sheath. The Gore DrySeal Sheath valve is truly unique in that it is pressurised to create a seal, thereby minimising blood loss and accommodating multiple wires and catheters simultaneously. The valve consists of a silicone outer tube and an inner film tube that create an effective hemostatic seal that easily adapts to the profiles of the inserted devices.

Gore Aortic Business Leader Ryan Takeuchi added, “Endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms and thoracic aortic aneurysms is proven to be a successful alternative to open surgical repair and we work with physicians continuing to seek improvements to the procedure. Gore’s commitment to innovation and improved patient outcomes drives product enhancements such as this.”

Gore originally received FDA clearance for GORE DrySeal Sheath in April 2010. The device is used in conjunction with the Gore Excluder AAA Endoprosthesis to aid in the minimally invasive treatment of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms. It is also used with the Conformable Gore TAG Thoracic Endoprosthesis in patients with isolated lesions of the descending thoracic aorta.