Microvascular anastomoses: Suture and non-suture methods

Wain, Richard orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-8796-0201, Hammond, Douglas, McPhillips, M, Whitty, Justin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1002-5271 and Ahmed, Waqar orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4152-5172 (2016) Microvascular anastomoses: Suture and non-suture methods. In: Surgical Tools and Medical Devices. Springer, pp. 545-562. ISBN 978-3-319-33487-5

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A microsurgical procedure is defined as one which would be otherwise impossible without the aid of magnification. Whilst the joining, or anastomosis, of blood vessels had been performed in the late 19th century, it wasn’t until the mid 20th century that the operating microscope was introduced for repair of small blood vessels. Since this time, a wide range of methods have been proposed for coapt- ing microvessels, and these are still evolving today. This section addresses the development of microsurgical suture technique for microvascular anastomosis, and continues to present the array of non-suture methods currently proposed as alternatives to standard suturing.

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