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

ArticleinThe Annals of thoracic surgery 95(5):e131-3 · May 2013with12 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.85 · DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.12.047 · Source: PubMed

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.