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Is the GraftConnector a valid alternative to running suture in end-to-side coronary arteries anastomoses?
The Annals of thoracic surgery
Publication types: Comparative Study ; Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't - Publication Status: ppublish
BACKGROUND: An animal study was carried out to compare long-term patency rates of coronary anastomoses performed with the GraftConnector versus running suture technique. METHODS: 10 sheep, 45 to 55 kg, underwent off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (right internal mammary artery to left anterior descending artery). In 5 animals, the anastomosis was performed with a GraftConnector and in 5 animals with 7-0 running suture. Intraoperative fluoroscopy and a fluoroscopic control at 6 months were performed. After 6 months, the animals were sacrificed and the anastomoses were examined histologically. RESULTS: All animals survived at 6 months with 100% anastomosis patency rates in both groups. In the GraftConnector group, the anastomosis diameter at 6 months fluoroscopy was 118% of native left anterior descending artery versus 97% of the control group. Luminal anastomotic width at histology was 1.7 +/- 0.2 mm in the device group versus 1.6 +/- 0.1 mm in the control group. Mean intimal hyperplasia thickness was 0.21 +/- 0.1 mm in the device group versus 0.01 mm in the control group. CONCLUSIONS: The GraftConnector provides a consistent and reproducible coronary artery anastomosis and reduces technical demand and manual dexterity in coronary operations. Long-term results demonstrate that off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting performed with the GraftConnector had the same patency rate and luminal width as those performed with running suture.
Anastomosis, Surgical, Animals, Coronary Angiography, Coronary Vessels, Feasibility Studies, Fluoroscopy, Internal Mammary-Coronary Artery Anastomosis, Sheep, Stents, Surgical Procedures, Minimally Invasive, Suture Techniques, Vascular Patency
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