PMID: 6262579Jun 1, 1981

Primary vascular anastomosis in growing pigs: comparison of polypropylene and polyglycolic acid sutures

The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
W E PaeW S Pierce


Stenosis remains a significant problem in vascular anastomoses performed in the growing patient. This study compares the growth of vascular anastomoses performed with either polypropylene or polyglycolic acid sutures. End-to-end infrarenal aortic anastomoses were performed in 18 piglets. Twelve were performed with polypropylene; in six all sutures were placed in a continuous fashion (Group 1A), and in the other six the posterior sutures were continuous and the anterior were interrupted (Group B). Six anastomoses were performed with polyglycolic acid sutures placed in a continuous fashion (Group 2). The animals were killed 6 months following operation. The abdominal aorta was removed, measured, burst tested, and subjected to histologic studies. All anastomoses were patent. There were no burst failures at 300 mm Hg mean pressure. All polypropylene sutures in Group 1A and the continuous portion in Group 1B had straightened without breaking. Straightening without polypropylene suture breakage resulted in stricture in three Group 1A anastomoses and one Group 1B anastomosis; there was intraluminal polypropylene suture material in two Group 1A and five Group 1B anastomoses. Bowstring formation of the straightened, continuous portion o...Continue Reading

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