Microvascular coaptation methods: device manufacture and computational simulation

Wain, R. A. J., Whitty, Justin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1002-5271 and Ahmed, W. (2017) Microvascular coaptation methods: device manufacture and computational simulation. In: Micro and Nanomanufacturing. Springer, pp. 545-559. ISBN 978-3-319-67130-7

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The practice of joining blood vessels has been ongoing since the late nineteenth century, although it was initially restricted to animal studies and experimental techniques. At this time, fine silk thread and curved needles had been introduced (1), which was a significant advancement on previous suture materials such as leather, tendon and catgut (2) – although these
were used for wound closure rather than vascular repair. It was not until the mid twentieth century, circa World War II, that vascular anastomoses were performed whilst repairing or reconstructing traumatic injuries (3). The natural progression from repairing vascular injuries was to perform these procedures in smaller and smaller vessels. Of course, this necessitated use of an operating microscope and development and manufacture of finer suture materials, needles, and more delicate instruments.
This chapter aims to provide details of the common microvascular anastomotic devices and their manufacture.

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