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The Vascular Join: a new sutureless anastomotic device to perform end-to-end anastomosis. Preliminary results in an animal model.
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PMID:  17669755     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Standard vascular techniques don't meet new surgeons' needs for the more complex vascular reconstructions, minimal invasive approaches and robotic surgery. Therefore, alternative ways to perform vascular anastomosis are always welcome. We present a new sutureless vascular connector and the first animal study. The Vascular Join consists of two metallic rings fixed to the extremity of two conduits being joined together, connected with a snap-on system. The key element that makes this device different from all other sutureless devices is that there is no foreign material inside the vessel lumen. In 10 adult sheep, both carotid arteries were prepared and severed after heparinisation. Twenty end-to-end vascular anastomoses were performed and controlled with intravascular ultrasound and colour-Doppler. Animals were sacrificed and a histopathological analysis was carried out. All anastomoses were successfully completed without bleedings, stenosis or occlusions. The histological results confirmed the perfect vessel edges apposition and absence of foreign material in the vessel lumen. The intimal layer was intact. Vascular Join can easily perform sutureless end-to-end anastomoses and it can be used either with biological or prosthetic materials. Further animal studies are underway to assess the long-term results. Following the same technical criteria, we are developing an end-to-side anastomotic device.
Enrico Ferrari; Piergiorgio Tozzi; Ludwig Karl von Segesser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2006-11-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Interactive cardiovascular and thoracic surgery     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1569-9285     ISO Abbreviation:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-02     Completed Date:  2007-09-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101158399     Medline TA:  Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Centre Hôpitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Anastomosis, Surgical / instrumentation*
Cardiovascular Diseases / surgery
Carotid Arteries / surgery*,  ultrasonography
Equipment Design
Models, Animal
Stainless Steel
Reg. No./Substance:
12597-68-1/Stainless Steel

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