Annals of Biomedical Engineering

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 1063–1077 | Cite as

Fabrication of a Novel Absorbable Vascular Anastomosis Device and Testing in a Pig Liver Transplantation Model

  • Ui Jun Park
  • Woonhyeok Jeong
  • Sun Young Kwon
  • Yunkun Kim
  • Kimyung Choi
  • Hyoung Tae Kim
  • Daegu SonEmail author


An absorbable vascular anastomosis device (AVAD) was fabricated and tested in pig liver transplantation experiments. We prepared biodegradable copolymers with various ratios of l-lactide: glycolide and tested their properties including inherent viscosity, in vitro biodegradation, and tensile strength. The mechanical and physical properties of the finally selected copolymers were analyzed according to decomposition time. The AVAD, consisting of two inner rings and one coupler, was fabricated with 5-, 15-, and 20-mm diameter sizes using an injection molding machine. Based on changes in the overall mechanical and physical properties, it is believed that the AVAD will maintain its shape without deformation while connecting the blood vessels to external force for at least 3 weeks. Four mini-pigs underwent liver transplantation with AVAD using livers obtained from swine leukocyte antigen–identical siblings. Anastomoses was achieved in all four cases. In case 4, an autopsy conducted at 4 months revealed that the AVAD was absorbed and the anastomosis was intact, demonstrating the success of the AVAD in the pig liver transplantation experiments and the feasibility of using an AVAD in organ transplantation.


Vascular surgery Blood vessel Biocompatibility 

Abbreviations and Acronyms


Absorbable vascular anastomotic device


Atomic force microscopy


Standard test method for tensile properties of plastics


Differential scanning calorimetry


Nuclear magnetic resonance


Poly(lactic acid)




Poly(glycolic acid)


Swine leukocyte antigen


Thermal gravimetric analysis



This work was supported by the Beyond Leading Technology R&D Program of the Small and Medium Business Administration [S20146915, 2014].


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Transplant and Vascular Surgery, Department of SurgeryKeimyung University School of MedicineDaeguKorea
  2. 2.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryKeimyung University School of MedicineDaeguKorea
  3. 3.Department of PathologyKeimyung UniversityDaeguKorea
  4. 4.Metabiomed Co. Ltd.OsongKorea
  5. 5.Optipharm Co. Ltd.OsongKorea
  6. 6.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, School of Medicine and Institute for Medical ScienceKeimyung UniversityDaeguSouth Korea

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