A New Simplified Technique for Making Tricuspid Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Valved Conduit for Right Ventricular Outflow Reconstruction

Pusan National University, Tsau-liang-hai, Busan, South Korea
The Annals of thoracic surgery (Impact Factor: 3.85). 05/2013; 95(5):e131-3. DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.12.047
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Several methods of making expanded polytetrafluoroethylene valved conduit have been reported, but these techniques are complicated and less reproducible. We have developed a new simplified technique for making a tricuspid expanded polytetrafluoroethylene valved conduit for right ventricular outflow tract reconstruction and have been using this conduit for approximately 3 years with excellent results. Our technique is straightforward and reproducible, and the cusps in the conduit are durable due to the use of a specialized suturing technique.

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