Flagstaff, Ariz. (May 13, 2015) — W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced the GORE® EXCLUDER® Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis, the first complete, fully engineered system (Gore designed iliac branch and internal iliac components) intended for endovascular treatment of common iliac artery aneurysms or aortoiliac aneurysms, has been included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. The first patient procedures in Australia were successfully completed by vascular surgeons Dr. Steven Dubenec, Head of Department of Vascular Surgery at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and Dr. Jack Loa, at Macquarie University Hospital, Sydney.
This new device — used in conjunction with GORE® EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis components to isolate the common iliac artery from systemic blood flow and preserve blood flow in the external iliac and internal iliac arteries — is built on Gore’s proven technology platform and designed using the same durable, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) graft.
“Based on the design of the GORE® EXCLUDER® Device, this system provides a wide treatment range and long-term durability, which is extremely important for optimal clinical success,” said Dr. Dubenec. “The pre-cannulated branch and bi-femoral delivery elements of the GORE EXCLUDER Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis support the ease of use of this device.”
The GORE EXCLUDER Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis system provides a treatment range of 6.5-13.5 mm for the internal iliac arteries, and a treatment range of 6.5-25 mm for the external iliac arteries. The delivery profile of the loaded catheter allows the use of a 16 Fr introducer sheath for the iliac branch component, and a 12 Fr flexible, reinforced introducer sheath for the internal iliac component.
“This new, fully engineered system builds off the trusted performance of the GORE EXCLUDER AAA Endoprosthesis, providing physicians with a minimally invasive treatment option for iliac repair,” said Ryan Takeuchi, Gore Aortic Business Leader. “We have made great strides in advancing our GORE EXCLUDER Device and branch endoprosthesis portfolio and remain committed to making these innovative devices available to more patients across the world.”
The GORE EXCLUDER Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis is part of the growing family of GORE EXCLUDER Device products that share a mission to effectively treat aortic aneurysms through minimally invasive means, backed by Gore’s highly rated clinical support team and comprehensive educational offerings.
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