Because Healing is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
Tissue integrity is especially vulnerable during the first 90 days of regeneration until collagen fully matures, a process that continues for up to 2 years. Therefore, it is important to select a scaffold that supports collagen deposition, organization, and strengthening at critical time points during the healing process.
GalaFLEX is a long-acting scaffold providing lasting support during the wound healing
period. It is designed specifically for strength retention and provides a lattice for new tissue ingrowth.[2,9] GalaFLEX encourages the maturation of strong connective tissue and then gradually transfers the repair load to the new ingrown tissue over the course of a year.
GalaFLEX Scaffold Integration
- Type III Collagen is immature, thin, and unorganized collagen that functions as a
temporary support mechanism in wound repair. Following surgery, Type III formation
begins at 1 week and continues for up to 1 year.[27,28]
- Type I Collagen is mature collagen that contributes significantly to the durability and
long-term strength of healed tissue by providing strength, support, and thickness to
the tissue. Following surgery, Type I formation begins at 3 weeks and continues for up
to 2 years.
The unique knit pattern of the monofilament scaffold encourages rapid cellular infiltration and new collagen formation.[1,23] This newly formed tissue is pliable yet provides strength, support and stability to the elevated tissue.[2,9] After 18-24 months, the scaffold is essentially completely absorbed and eliminated from the body as water and carbon dioxide through natural physiologic pathways. No polymer metabolites remain after the degradation process is complete. The collagen tissue that remains is 2-4 times the original tissue strength.[2,9]
Supported Tissue is Stronger Tissue
Rapidly absorbing scaffolds that degrade quickly may result in premature loading of immature collagen and fail to provide long-term support. GalaFLEX scaffolds provide long-term support and maintain greater than 80% strength at 90 days stabilizing the repair site.