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Economic Value in Staple Line Reinforcement

Healthcare institutions understand that in order to succeed in healthcare reform and continue to deliver the best patient care possible, they will need to operate in the intersection of cost, quality, and outcomes (CQO). When choosing products for a hospital system, the focus is changing from “cost of product” to “cost of care.” In evaluating total cost of care, consider the average cost to treat just one patient with a leak in sleeve gastrectomy is $137,417.00.1

GORE® SEAMGUARD® Bioabsorbable Staple Line Reinforcement is a leader in economic value, providing cost savings benefits and good patient outcomes.  Based on a meta-analysis of leak rate with sleeve gastrectomy and a prospective, randomized study concerning reduced bleeding, your institution could realize a significant cost savings by using GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement.2,3,4

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In bariatric surgery, such as sleeve gastrectomy, total cost of care can vary widely if complications occur. To see how the cost of complications such as a leak or bleeding can affect your hospital's bottom line, schedule a brief discussion with your local Gore Sales Associate for a custom cost analysis.

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  1. Zambelli-Weiner A, Brooks E, Brolin R, Bour ES. Total charges for postoperative leak following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Presented at Obesity Week 2013: The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Society Joint Annual Scientific Meeting; November 11-16, 2013; Atlanta, GA. A-305-P.
  2. Gagner M, Buchwald JN.  Comparison of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy leak rates in four staple-line reinforcement options: a systematic review.  Surgery for Obesity & Related Diseases. In press.
  3. Consten, ECJ, Gagner M, Pomp A, Inabnet WB. Decreased bleeding after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with or without duodenal switch for morbid obesity using a stapled buttressed absorbable polymer membrane. Obesity Surgery 2004;14(10):1360-1366.
  4. Bour ES, et al. Total Charges for Post-Operative Leak Following Laparoscopic Sleee Gastrectomy. Presented at Obesity Week 2013; November 11-16, 2013; Atlanta, GA.