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Product Value—GORE® SEAMGUARD® Bioabsorbable Staple Line Reinforcement

Every staple line is an opportunity to realize value

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GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement provides added strength to the staple line before being gradually and predictably absorbed within six to seven months. By reducing post-op leaks and bleeding, GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement may contribute to shorter hospital stays, decreased costs and lower morbidity rates.1,2

Leaks matter

Financial impact of treating post-operative leaks:

Chart showing the average cost of leaks per patient

Table showing the cost range of treating individual patient leaks

 

Estimated potential cost savings

Comparing GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement to an average sleeve*,†

Image showing $274,834 potential cost savings

   Average sleeve GORE® SEAMGUARD® Reinforcement 
Reduced leaks 1.5%3 .7%3
+ Reduced bleeding
  • Higher mean blood loss
  • 20% postoperative hemorrhages
  • Significantly lower mean blood loss
  • Zero postoperative hemorrhages
+ Cost savings 200 sleeve cases
× 1.5% Leak rate3

3 leaks
× $137,417 / Leak2
200 sleeve cases
× .7% Leak rate3

1 Leak
× $137,417 / Leak2
  $412,251 $137,417
= Economic value resulting in $274,834 in potential cost savings
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* For every 200 cases.
† Does not consider bleeding complication costs or other associated complication costs.

  1. W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. Clinical Performance with Staple Line Reinforcement. Scientific Literature Analysis (n = 4689 patients).  Flagstaff, AZ: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc; 2013.  AP6010-EN3.
  2. 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.
  3. Gagner, Michael, Kemmeter, Paul; Comparison of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy leak rates in five staple‑line reinforcement options: a systematic review. Surgical Endoscopy (2020) 34:396–407 https://doi.org/10.1007/s00464-019-06782-2