ViPS technique as a novel concept for a sutureless vascular anastomosis.
ABSTRACT To describe a novel technique (Viabhan Padova Sutureless [ViPS]) that connects a vascular prosthetic graft to a target artery in a sutureless fashion.
The patient was a 74-year-old male with complete superficial femoral artery (FA) occlusion and reconstitution of a circumferentially calcified above-knee popliteal artery (ANPA). The proximal end of a surgeon-modified 7-mm Viabahn endoprosthesis was sutured to a 7-mm polytetrafluoroethylene graft (PTFEg). After surgical exposure, the ANPA was transected, and the undeployed distal portion of the Viabahn was inserted, supported by a stiff guidewire. The distal portion of the Viabahn graft was then deployed and ballooned with optimal apposition. Finally, the proximal end of the PTFEg was sutured to the common FA.
Operative time was 60 minutes. Completion angiogram and the computed tomography angiogram at 6 months demonstrated a patent graft.
The ViPS technique provides an alternative for bypass creation when challenging arterial anastomoses are required.
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ABSTRACT: Purpose : To present a modification of the Viabahn open revascularization technique (VORTEC) to facilitate right renal artery (RRA) revascularization via a limited thoracotomy and transaortic sheath during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Case Report : A 51-year-old man with uncontrolled hypertension and limited respiratory reserve presented with a pararenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) measuring ∼15×8.5×8 cm extending into the iliac arteries. Via a limited low thoracoabdominal incision and retroperitoneal approach, 3 of the renovisceral branches were exposed, but there was difficulty in approaching the RRA. A handmade 4-branched polytetrafluoroethylene graft (PTFE) was anastomosed to the descending thoracic aorta, and the 3 exposed renovisceral branches were bypassed sequentially. A modification of the VORTEC with a transaortic approach to revascularize the RRA was successful; a 7-mm×10-cm Viabahn stent-graft was advanced into the RRA and deployed into the RRA limb of the PTFE graft. The Viabahn-PTFE graft junction was fixed with interrupted suture, and its transaortic portion was dilated with a 7-mm balloon. EVAR was then accomplished with a 28.5-mm Excluder stent-graft. The final angiogram documented patent bypass grafts and no endoleak. Follow-up imaging showed a satisfactory stent-graft and patent PTFE graft without undue kinking of the Viabahn or stenosis within its transaortic portion. The patient remained well after 1-year follow-up. Conclusion : This transaortic modification may be a useful option for hybrid EVAR and application of a sutureless telescoping anastomosis technique.Journal of Endovascular Therapy 10/2013; 20(5):647-651. · 3.59 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess the safety and short-term effectiveness of a novel hybrid vascular graft used to address renal revascularization during open thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair, performing a sutureless distal anastomosis. Between 2012 and 2013, 25 patients (16 men; mean age, 66 ± 8 years) underwent revascularization of one (24 patients) or both (one patient) renal arteries with the Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft (GHVG; W. L. Gore and Associates, Flagstaff, Ariz) during open TAAA repair. Specific indications included remote location of the ostium of the renal artery, severe atherosclerotic wall degeneration, focal dissection, and stenosis. All surviving patients underwent computed tomography angiography and follow-up visit at 1 month. Preoperative characteristics, intraoperative data, and short-term results were compared with those of 49 concurrent TAAA patients operated on within the same period by standard renal revascularization (SRR) techniques. All GHVG target renal vessels (26 of 26) were successfully revascularized without technical concerns. No significant differences were found between GHVG and SRR groups in preoperative and intraoperative data, except for a relative prevalence of aortic dissection (28% vs 6%; P = .026) and renal artery stenosis (44% vs 12%; P = .003) in the GHVG group and for intraoperative renal bare stenting that was predominantly used in the SRR group (12% vs 28%; P = .036). The 30-day mortality was 4% in both groups. Postoperative acute renal failure (doubling of creatinine level and creatinine level >3.0 mg/dL) occurred in two GHVG patients (8%) and seven SRR patients (14%; P = not significant). Perioperative peak decrease of estimated glomerular filtration rate was lower in the GHVG group (26 ± 18 mL/min/1.73 m(2) vs 37 ± 22 mL/min/1.73 m(2); P = .034). At 1-month computed tomography angiography, renal artery patency was 92% for the GHVG vessels, 91% for the contralateral to GHVG renal vessels, and 92% for the SRR group arteries. No GHVG-related complications requiring reintervention or cases of new-onset renal failure requiring dialysis were observed at follow-up. Renal revascularization during open TAAA repair by the GHVG with distal sutureless anastomosis is feasible, especially in cases of aortic dissection, remote location of the renal vessel, and severe atherosclerotic disease of the ostium. Short-term results are satisfactory, at least comparable to those of SRR. Larger series and longer follow-up are needed to assess clinical advantages and durability of this new device.Journal of vascular surgery: official publication, the Society for Vascular Surgery [and] International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, North American Chapter 04/2014; · 2.98 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: To describe modification of the Viabahn Padova Sutureless (ViPS) technique for challenging anastomosis between a prosthetic graft and a circumferentially calcified target artery. The technique is demonstrated in a 75-year-old man with complete superficial femoral artery (SFA) occlusion and reconstitution of a circumferentially calcified above-knee popliteal artery. A 7-mm Viabahn endoprosthesis with its constraining string was withdrawn from its delivery system; the string at the proximal edge of the stent was gently cut with a scalpel, causing the proximal part of the stent to deploy, while the undeployed distal tip with its smooth profile retained its commercial orientation. The proximal end was subsequently sutured to a 7-mm polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) graft. After surgical exposure, the popliteal artery was transected, and the undeployed distal portion of the Viabahn was inserted into the distal segment, supported by a stiff guidewire. By pulling the constraining string, the stent was deployed in a "non-reversed" fashion and subsequently dilated to achieve optimal apposition. Finally, the proximal end of the PTFE graft was tunneled under the sartorius muscle and sutured to the common femoral artery. This modification to the ViPS technique using a "non-reversed" method of Viabahn stent preparation allows a safer and more accurate deployment of the endoprosthesis in the calcified target artery.Journal of Endovascular Therapy 06/2012; 19(3):457-60. · 3.59 Impact Factor