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When the concept of biologic meshes was created, various versions were released to the market. While there was a certain level of success, they did not offer the comprehensive solution originally projected. Manufacturers and researchers took a step back to reassess and developed a mesh that combined the strength of the synthetic mesh with all the benefits of a biologic mesh. To hear straight from the experts about the difference, Surgical Products connected with Gore Medical’s Michael Koenke. He’s the general medical products global leader for Gore Medical.
Surgical Products: How is biosynthetic mesh different from developing a biologic mesh?
Koenke: “Biologics are derived from human or animal tissue which requires processing to remove cells to prevent disease and virus transfer. Given the diversity of human and animals, the harvested tissues used for biologics are equally diverse.”
“Biosynthetic devices are varied in their construct, depending on manufacturer. Without the risks associated with biologics, this synthetic tissue scaffold provides uniformity and consistency. The use of this product alleviates concern or need for patient discussion to consider religious beliefs or cultural practices regarding the use of certain animals, or their body parts.”