Gore is making available its new DrySeal Flex Introducer Sheath following regulatory clearance in the U.S., EU, Canada, and Australia. It’s intended to be used with the firm’s EXCLUDER Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis for endovascular repair of iliac artery aneurysms and aortoiliac aneurysms.
The DrySeal Flex was designed to minimize blood loss as different guidewires and catheters are pushed into and out of the patient. To do this it has a so called “DrySeal” valve that prevents blood from exiting through the same channel that instruments are introduced through.
It is a 12 Fr x 45 cm sheath available in lengths of 22, 45, and 65 cm.
“Nearly a third of patients being considered for EVAR have an aneurysm that extends to the iliac artery. The IBE is a trusted solution in such cases, but previously no introducer sheaths designed for use with this device existed,” said Mr. Marcus Brooks, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, North Bristol NHS Trust, in a statement. “With the GORE DrySeal Flex Introducer Sheath, I now have a sheath specifically designed for use with the IBE and flexible enough for easy access to the iliac branch vessels.”