Proven Material

Constructed from Polyglycolic Acid:Trimethylene Carbonate (PGA:TMC), a medically proven biocompatible copolymer, GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement is composed of an intricate 3-dimensional matrix of open, highly interactive pores.

Feature Benefit Competitive Differentiation
Synthetic, 100% bioabsorbable material

Comprised of 67% PGA:33% TMC
  • Consistent degradation process over six to seven months
  • Minimal inflammatory response
  • Provides strength during the critical healing period
  • Slower degrading polymers typically have a reduced inflammatory response compared to faster degrading polymers1
  • NEOVEIL® Felt fully degrades within 15 weeks2
  • Animal-derived buttressing typically has a higher short-term inflammatory response3
Uniform, thin material – average thickness of 0.4 mm (max of 0.5 mm) Consistent, strong, yet thin – minimal staple interference Animal-derived buttressing material is thicker with less space for tissue=more challenging staple formation
More than 50 published clinical papers Long-term clinical experience Check the data – other buttressing options have none or limited studies in humans
  • Uniform, thin material. By adding a consistent, strong yet thin 0.40 mm reinforcement to the staple line, GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement mechanically increases the strength of the resection line by evenly distributing the staple pressure exerted on the tissue over a wider surface of area.
  • Strength over time. Serving as an effective scaffold, the pores successfully guide the regeneration of favorable type I collagen. While providing added strength to the staple line during the critical healing process, this reinforcement is gradually and predictably absorbed, usually within six to seven months. The risk of a prolonged inflammatory response is eliminated.
  • Minimal inflammatory response. Compared to other buttressing materials, GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement has shown minimal tissue inflammatory response.

Uniform, Thin Material

Drawing is based on green staple leg length (4.1 mm) and reinforcement thickness (data on file). Staple formation may vary depending upon other factors.

By adding a consistent, strong yet thin 0.40 mm reinforcement to the staple line, GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement mechanically increases the strength of the resection line by evenly distributing the staple pressure exerted on the tissue over a wider surface of area.

Less Impact on Staple Formation = More Confidence

With GORE® SEAMGUARD® Bioabsorbable Staple Line Reinforcement:

  • Thinner material = more space for tissue
  • More space for tissue = better staple formation


Strength Over Time

Serving as an effective scaffold, the pores successfully guide the regeneration of favorable type I collagen.  While providing added strength to the staple line during the critical healing process, this reinforcement is gradually and predictably absorbed, usually within six to seven months. The risk of a prolonged inflammatory response is eliminated.

 

 

References

  1. Gogolewski S. Resorbable polymers for internal fixation. Clinical Materials 1992;10(1-2):13-20.
  2. Covidien. Endo GIA™ Reinforced Reload with Tri-Staple™ Technology. [Product Brochure]. New Haven, CT: Covidien; 2014. P140008-1.
  3. Ponce J, Fullum TM, McCrea C, Eng M.  Histopathological Assessment of Staple Line Reinforcement Materials in a Porcine Model. Flagstaff, AZ: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc; 2017. [Poster].  AV1250-EN2.