Cook Medical is launching its Biodesign Duraplasty Graft for repair of the dura mater that surrounds the brain and spinal cord to prevent cerebrospinal fluid leaks. It’s intended for use to wrap up surgeries at the base of the skull, such as tumor resections, and to stop leaks resulting from disease or injury.
The graft doesn’t swell when exposed to liquid and doesn’t fold on itself to maintain proper shape when implanted. It can be used with or without sutures.
From the announcement:
“I started using Biodesign because I found it easier to handle during the endoscopic repair than competing products,” said Bradford A. Woodworth, M.D., director of otolaryngology research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in which he evaluated the new device. “Although not directly measured, [I] feel it contributes to faster graft placement and increased operative speed.”
Cook’s proprietary Biodesign graft technology is derived from a natural material. It is designed to enable physicians to easily manipulate and secure the graft. Biodesign has been used since 1998 to treat more than 750,000 patients worldwide. Biodesign is non-dermis based and non-cross-linked so that the body can remodel it into strong, well-vascularized tissue.