August 29, 2016
Gore Launches DrySeal Flex Introducer Sheath for the Excluder Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis
August 30, 2016—Gore & Associates announced the commercial availability of the company’s DrySeal Flex introducer sheath after recently gaining clearance for use by regulatory bodies in the United States, Europe, Canada, and Australia.
The 12-F X 45-cm sheath configuration is specifically engineered for use with the company’s Excluder iliac branch endoprosthesis (IBE), which is indicated in the United States for endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of common iliac artery aneurysms or aortoiliac aneurysms. Leveraging technology from Gore’s DrySeal sheath, the DrySeal Flex introducer sheath provides new configurations, including working lengths of 33, 45, and 65 cm, advised the company.
According to Gore, the DrySeal Flex device is designed to enhance flexibility and kink resistance. A hydrophilic coating facilitates access to challenging anatomies and branch vessels, such as the common iliac arteries, during endovascular repair procedures. The introducer sheath’s DrySeal valve was designed to minimize blood loss, enabling the introduction of multiple devices with hemostasis control.
In Gore’s announcement, Marcus Brooks, MD, commented, “Nearly a third of patients being considered for EVAR have an aneurysm that extends to the iliac artery. The IBE is a trusted solution in such cases, but previously, no introducer sheaths designed for use with this device existed. With the Gore DrySeal Flex introducer sheath, I now have a sheath specifically designed for use with the IBE and flexible enough for easy access to the iliac branch vessels.” Dr. Brooks serves as Consultant Vascular Surgeon at North Bristol NHS Trust in Bristol, United Kingdom.
Jason T. Lee, MD, added, “The availability of this new sheath provides more options to treat a broader range of patient anatomy. The sheath supports my cases from start to finish, offering confidence for a wider range of applications than ever before.” Dr. Lee is Professor of Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine in Stanford, California.