The principles of vascular repair with sutures were established in the first decade of the 20th century by Alexis Carrel, who in 1912 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for this work. Since then, technical refinements of suture materials have made possible surgical reconstruction of most arteries, from the root of the aorta to microvascular anastomosis or repair of the smallest vessels, e.g. digital arteries or those on the surface of the brain. Fine sutures on atraumatic needles are best for arterial anastomosis. Silk was used for many years, but it has now been replaced by synthetic fibres, which are less traumatic to the vessel walls.
KeywordsCatheter Rubber Heparin Brittle Tungsten
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.