volume 41, issue 4, P327-330 2013
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2012.11.001
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Irvail Satheesh Prabhu, S. Homer-Vanniasinkam

Abstract: The aim of this proof-of-principle study was to assess an intraluminal expandable stent design using an existing cardiac stent. Intraluminal stents minimise the amount of suturing necessary when performing an end-to-end anastomosis. The stent is passed halfway through the lumen on each end of the vessel to be anastomosed and is expanded using a retrievable balloon. An adequately expanded stent holds the blood vessel ends in contact without the need for sutures. This method was tested on an end-to-end anastomos…

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