Over the past 50 years, Zeus has built a reputation on quality polymer extrusion products for the medical as well as industrial sectors. Our experience with medical device engineers, manufacturers, and clinicians has given us the insight to meet the demands of this ever-evolving industry. Our medically focused products range from catheter componentry, stent encapsulation, bioabsorbable materials, to our Aeos® ePTFE suture monofilament.
Zeus Aeos® ePTFE extruded products are made by expanding PTFE under controlled conditions during manufacturing. This process alters the physical properties of the material by creating microscopic pores in its structure. The resulting product possesses unique physical properties such as flexibility and strength making it ideal for use in a host of applications where porosity is especially beneficial.
As suture monofilament, Aeos® ePTFE is designed as a permanently implantable and non-absorbable suture material. These sutures are chemically inert inside the body. Thus, they provoke much less immune response and result in less scarring. While in the body, Aeos® ePTFE sutures maintain high tensile strength, and their microporous character supports the growth of new tissue into and through individual sutures. Aeos® sutures are also well-suited to stressful anatomical environments where absorbable sutures are not appropriate.
Aeos® sutures maintain the soft feel and excellent drape that surgeons prefer. The low surface friction of these sutures allows surgeons to position knots precisely, and the white color of the material provides high visibility. For manufacturability, Aeos® ePTFE sutures can be swaged onto needles up to a 1:1 ratio of needle-to-suture outer diameter size. Aeos® suture monofilament is available in bulk quantities as a component allowing you to create your own sutures lines and raise your brand awareness.
Aeos® ePTFE is fully biocompatible meaning that it is non-toxic and produces no systemic or local adverse responses; this product is also USP Class VI approved. Because of its high working temperature limit (up to 500 °F / 260 °C), Aeos® sutures easily tolerate autoclaving as well as ETO sterilization protocols.
To learn more about this or any of our other Aeos® ePTFE products, contact our team or call toll-free in the US 1-800-526-3842 or +1-803-268-9500 internationally.
All Zeus Aeos® ePTFE products are based on customer specification. The charts below represent a general capability guide with other sizes possible.
For sizing, we have created our own designations which are comparable to USP standards. To achieve the soft feel and drape preferred by clinicians for a given suture knot strength, the diameter of the Zeus ASM is typically larger than that for USP standards due to the difference in diameter measurement methods.* These sutures, however, are equivalent in practical usage.
Zeus Aeos® ePTFE monofilament sutures are designated ASM proceeded by a number.
Anastomosis – When vessels need to be joined to circumvent damage, clots, or other disruptions in circulation, Aeos® ePTFE sutures provide a safe and secure means for connecting anastomosed tissue or artificial lumens. These permanently implantable sutures support new tissue growth into the sutures and elicit little to no immune response.
Hernia Repair – Zeus Aeos® ePTFE sutures are very well-suited for hernia repair to close the abdominal wall either directly or to suture mesh in place. Aeos® sutures are chemically inert in the body and have the knot strength to endure abdominal wall stresses.
Mitral Valve Repair – For conditions such as mitral regurgitation, Aeos® ePTFE sutures provide and excellent option to repair or replace the heart’s stretched, damaged, or broken chordae tendineae and restore the valve’s one-way blood flow. Aeos® sutures can remain in the body permanently.
Stent Deployment – Aeos® ePTFE sutures are an excellent option to aid in the deployment of stents. Wrapped around an expandable stent, the high lubricity of Aeos® sutures allows them to be smoothly pulled through the stent delivery system releasing the stent for final placement.
Vascular Stent Graft Suturing – For covered stents, or stent grafts, Aeos® ePTFE sutures provide an optimal means of suturing the graft material to the wire frame of the stent. Aeos® sutures’ high knot strength and microporous structure make them especially amenable for use with permanently implantable devices.