GORE® SEAMGUARD® Bioabsorbable Staple Line Reinforcement is constructed from Polyglycolic acid and Trimethylene carbonate (PGA:TMC), a medically proven biocompatible copolymer and is specifically engineered to reduce perioperative leaks and bleeding in a variety of open and minimally invasive surgeries. It is composed of a matrix of open, highly interconnected pores facilitating cell infiltration, tissue generation, growth and healing. It adds a consistent, strong but thin (0.50mm) reinforcement to the staple line to mechanically increase the strength of the resection line by evenly distributing the staple pressure exerted on the tissue over a wider surface area. Usually within six months, this reinforcement is gradually and predictably absorbed and eliminates the risk of a prolonged inflammatory response. This product is supported with more than 15 years of bioabsorbable material technology research and clinical use.