The world’s ONLY dilatation resistant, gelatin sealed, KÖPER knitted polyester vascular graft

  • Innovative Köper knitted structure offers:
    - dramatically reduced dilatation
    - superb handling

  • Unique Rifampicin ionic bonding option*

  • Comprehensive range includes supported designs

*Please Note: The Rifampicin loading procedure is subject to local regulatory approval and has not been approved in the United States of America, Canada or Singapore

Dramatically reduced dilatation

Unique Rifampicin ionic bonding option

Please Note: The Rifampicin loading procedure is subject to local regulatory approval and has not been approved in the United States of America, Canada or Singapore

Innovative Equi-FloTM with bifurcated flowsplitter

Key Features of GelsoftTM Plus

Innovative Köper Knitted Structure

The Köper structure provides dilatation resistance while preserving all the advantages of a warp knitted structure, i.e. soft handling, absence of fraying, increased strength and suture retention5,6

Dramatically Reduced Dilatation

Warp knitted graft dilatation may be associated with an increased incidence of false aneurysms 2,3,4

Gelsoft™ Plus exhibits dramatically reduced dilatation compared to conventional warp knitted grafts5,6

Unique Rifampicin Ionic Bonding Option*

Prosthetic graft infection is one of the most dreaded complications of vascular surgery7

Vascutek gelatin impregnated grafts, when bonded to Rifampicin, minimise the possibility of graft infection and related phenomena 8

Rifampicin bonding to Vascutek's unique modified gelatin has CE Dossier approval10 and is backed by over 35 publications and 10 years' experience. Publications available on request. 

*Please Note: The Rifampicin loading procedure is subject to local regulatory approval and has not been approved in the United States of America, Canada or Singapore

Innovative Equi-FloTM With Bifurcated Flowsplitter

Unique Equi-FloTM axillo-bifemoral design provides:

  • Equal flow to both legs1
  • Significantly improved primary patency compared with 90o angled designs (p<0.0001)11

A full range of externally supported straights, femoro-femoral and 90o angled axillo-bifermoral grafts are also available. 

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The comprehensive Gelsoft™ Plus range includes unsupported and supported designs

Unsupported designs

Bifurcates

Straights

Axillo-Femoral Straights

Externally supported (ERS) designs

ERS Straights

ERS Femoro-Femorals

ERS Axillo-Bifemorals

ERS Equi-FloTM

 Rifampicin bonded grafts are:
 “... significantly more resistant to bacteremic infection than are silver / collagen coated polyester grafts ...” 9

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References

  1. How TV et al. Assessment of pressure drop flowrate relationship of axillobifemoral bypass grafts. Proceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers 1991 205 243-249
  2. Clagett GP et al. Dilation of knitted Dacron aortic prostheses and anastomotic false aneurysms: etiologic considerations.Surgery 1983 93 9-16
  3. Lundqvist B et al. Deterioration and dilatation of Dacron prosthetic grafts. Acta Chir Scand Suppl 1985 529 81-85
  4. Nunn DB et al. Postoperative dilation of Dacron knitted aortic grafts. J Vasc Surg 1990 12 291-297
  5. Walker D et al. Novel structure for a polyester vascular prosthesis with improved mechanical properties. Society for Biomaterials March 1995
  6. Goëau-Brissonnière O et al. Can knitting structure affect dilation of polyester bifurcated prostheses? A randomized study with the use of helical computed tomographic scanning. J Vasc Surg 2000 31 157-163
  7. Hayes PD et al. In situ replacement of infected aortic grafts with Rifampicinbonded prostheses: the Leicester experience (1992 to 1998). J Vasc Surg 1999 30 92-98
  8. Vicaretti M et al. An increased concentration of Rifampicin bonded to gelatin-sealed Dacron reduces the incidence of subsequent graft infections following a staphyloccocal challenge. Cardiovasc Surg 1998 6 3 268-273
  9. Goëau-Brissonnière O et al. Comparison of the resistance to infection of Rifampin-bonded gelatin-sealed and silver / collagen-coated polyester prostheses. J Vasc Surg 2002 35 1260-1263
  10. Rinsing of gelatin sealed prostheses with Rifampicin and Heparin BSI EQ# 1002097
  11. Wittens CHA et al. European prospective randomised multi-centre axillobifemoral trial. Eur J Vas Surg 1992 6 115-123

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