GORE-TEX(R) Suture Now Designed for Use with CAPIO(R) Suture Capturing Devices

Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:00am EDT

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Proven Surgical Suture Optimizes Suturing in Gynecological
                              Procedures
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.--(Business Wire)--
W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced the availability of
a new GORE-TEX(R) Suture compatible with the CAPIO(R) CL Transvaginal,
Open Access and Standard Suture Capturing Devices from Boston
Scientific. GORE-TEX(R) Suture has been used by vascular and general
surgeons since 1987, and is now available to urogynecologists for use
with the Boston Scientific capturing devices to help ease procedures
and enhance patient comfort in gynecological procedures.

   GORE-TEX(R) Suture is a unique, microporous, nonabsorbable
monofilament made of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE).
GORE-TEX(R) Suture is the suture of choice for gynecological
procedures because it is soft and compliant and the monofilament ePTFE
thread fosters a benign tissue response. It also minimizes friction
and enables precise knot positioning.

   According to Joseph T. Stubbs III, MD, of the Savannah Pelvic
Reconstructive Surgery Center in Savannah, Georgia, "ePTFE sutures can
cause less patient discomfort during healing and lower the risk of
infection. I am motivated by the opportunity to use GORE-TEX(R) Suture
in combination with the CAPIO(R) Capturing Devices in my practice."
Dr. Stubbs is an urogynecologic surgeon and vice-president of the of
the Society of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeons (SPRS).

   GORE-TEX(R) Suture is proven to optimize suturing in soft tissue
approximation. GORE-TEX(R) Suture is soft and supple for excellent
handling and minimizes the irritation caused by knots. Suture choice
plays an important part in achieving an optimal soft tissue
approximation, particularly where reduced capsule formation and
inflammation are key considerations.

   The CAPIO(R) Suture Capturing Devices are designed to improve
ease-of-use by automatically throwing, catching and retrieving the
suture. The devices are available for both vaginal approach and
laparoscopic approach.

   "Gore is excited to bring this new surgical option to the
urogynecological field. We can now provide the market with the
opportunity to use both the premiere suture and capturing devices to
achieve the highest degree of efficiency for gynecological
procedures," said Carrie Ortiz, product specialist at Gore.

   ABOUT W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES

   The Gore Medical Products Division has provided creative
therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for three decades.
During that time, more than 25 million innovative Gore Medical Devices
have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives
worldwide. The extensive Gore Medical family of products includes
vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical
materials for hernia repair, soft tissue reconstruction, staple line
reinforcement, and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac and general
surgery. Gore was recently named one of the best companies to work for
by Fortune magazine for the 11th consecutive year. For more
information, visit http://www.goremedical.com

   Products listed may not be available in all markets pending
regulatory clearance. GORE, GORE-TEX(R), and design are trademarks of
W. L. Gore & Associates. CAPIO(R) is a trademark of Boston Scientific.

Schwartz Communications, Inc. for W. L. Gore & Associates
Erik Clausen or Kena Hudson, 415-512-0770
GoreMedical@schwartz-pr.com

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