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 received CE Mark. The first patient procedures in Europe were successfully completed by vascular surgeons Piergiorgio Cao, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery at San Camillo Hospital, Rome, Italy, Mo Hamady, MD, Consultant Interventional Radiologist at St. Mary's Hospital, London, and Mr. Michael Jenkins, Consultant Vascular Surgeon and Clinical Lead at St. Mary's Hospital, London.
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.
"Gore's dedicated components for iliac artery repair provide the first complete low profile system for managing common iliac artery aneurysms. The procedure is simple and straightforward due to the pre-cannulated branch and bi-femoral delivery system," said Dr. Hamady.
"In endovascular procedures involving iliac arteries, this device is easy to handle and repositionable for precise placement. The GORE EXCLUDER Device based design also provides a wide treatment range and long-term durability, which is extremely important for optimal success," said Prof. Cao. "Additionally, the low profile delivery provides for enhanced vessel access, benefiting patients and physicians alike."