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12 September 2003 Haemostatic effects of laser tissue solder as a reinforcement to anastomoses with PTFE grafts
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Laser activated tissue solders have been used for sutureless anastomosis in various contexts. Solders were initially developed in response to the finding that the use of lasers alone caused vessel damage resulting in aneurysm formation and medical damage. Many reports exist of the use of lasers to perform micro-anastomoses, but little has been reported on the use of laser tissue solder in the formation of medium sized vessel anastomoses or in vivo. This group has recently developed a methylene blue based albumin solder for use in vascular anastomoses. The early work concentrated on a rabbit carotid end-to-end model. More recently this has progressed into its application in medium sized vessels. The use of PTFE is common in clinical practice particularly relating to peripheral vascular reconstruction or vascular access surgery. In these instances conventional surgical techniques applied to PTFE will result in excessive bleeding at the site of the anastomosis. Suture materials commonly used such as polypropylene or polyamide leave holes in such prostheses. To compound the problem patients are often anticoagulated or suffer impaired platelet function, improving the chances of graft survival, but increasing bleeding time, the time required to achieve haemostasis and also the post operative complications related to bleeding such as haematoma formation. It was therefore intended to apply the techniques of soldered vascular anastomoses to such a scenario, by reinforcing the anastomotic suture line of grafts placed in an animal model, with MB based solder. The bleeding times, overall operating times and postoperative complications were then analyzed and compared to sutured controls.
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Jeremy F. Birch, Alexander M. Seifalian, and Peter R.F. Bell M.D. "Haemostatic effects of laser tissue solder as a reinforcement to anastomoses with PTFE grafts", Proc. SPIE 4949, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems XIII, (12 September 2003);


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