End-to-end versus end-to-side arterial anastomosis patency in microvascular surgery

Riico J.N. Dotson, Allen T. Bishop, Michael B. Wood, Alton Schroeder

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The patency rates of microsurgical end-to-end and end-to-side anastomosis in the rat carotid artery were studied. Seventy end-to-end and seventy end-to-side arterial anastomoses, using 10-0 nylon interrupted sutures, were performed on 140 Sprague-Dawley rats. Findings indicated 100% patency in end-to-end as well as end-to-side immediately and 1 week post- anastomosis. This investigation suggests that there is no significant advantage between the methods studied based on vessel patency alone. The decision to perform an end-to-end vs. an end-to-side arterial anastomosis should be based upon the clinical circumstances encountered, since no significant difference in patency rates exists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-128
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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