Can the GORE-TEX® Vascular Grafts be resterilized?


Yes. The graft may be sterilized (if necessary) up to three times using methods and parameters described in the Instructions for Use.


Have you ever had a confirmed allergic reaction to ePTFE?


We have never had a confirmed allergic response to ePTFE. PTFE is the most inert substance known and is very biocompatible.


Is there any latex in the GORE-TEX® Vascular Graft?


No.


What size suture should be used to decrease suture hole bleeding?


The CV-6 GORE-TEX® Suture on a TTc-9 needle offers a 1:1 needle-to-suture ratio which surgeons have said minimizes bleeding.


Why do certain surgeons report a better patency rate with the GORE-TEX® Stretch Vascular Graft?


Though we did not create the Stretch graft with improving patency in mind, some surgeons have reported greatly improved patency rates. We do not have an explanation for this occurrence. Dr. Tordoir of the Netherlands reports in his publication that perhaps the reason for less thrombosis and stenosis with the Stretch graft is the "lengthwise compliance of the prosthesis that may offer a better matching of the mechanical properties between the graft and native vessels."