Die laserassistierte Fixation von Intimastufen nach Thrombendarteriektomie
Endarterectomy can be performed open or by the ringstripper. Often, intimal edges are found after arterectomy so that sutures for fixation are required. As an alternative, laserfixation was performed: Intimal edges of human superficial femoral arteries were treated with a Nd: YAG laser in an in vivo study. Laser-power was 10 and 20 W, energy application varied between 900 and 2500 Joule.
The intimal edges were fixed succesfully. In conclusion, laser fixation of intimal edges is possible and allows renunciation of intraluminal sutures after endarterectomy.
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