Use of Sundt Clip Graft for the Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms: 2-Dimensional Operative Video

Lorenzo Rinaldo, Fredric B. Meyer, Jamie J. Van Gompel

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Dr Thoralf Sundt III joined the department of neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic in 1969 and served as chairman from 1980 until his death in 1992. Dr Sundt was a pioneer in the field of cerebrovascular neurosurgery and among his many contributions to neurosurgical technology was the introduction of the Sundt clip graft (Codman, Raynham, Massachusetts), which was developed in partnership with Dr George Kees. This device is a vessel-encircling Teflon or Dacron graft loaded on a circular metallic spring initially designed to repair injuries to vessel walls during intracranial aneurysm surgery,1 which was not an uncommon complication resulting from the use of contemporary aneurysm clips.2 When used for this purpose, the clip graft has demonstrated both safety and efficacy in a modern series of surgical treatment of intracranial aneurysm.3 An additional application of the clip graft is the direct clipping of aneurysms, particularly side-wall aneurysms, though Dr Sundt recognized that the potential to occlude perforating arteries adjacent to the aneurysm neck would limit the general use of the clip graft for aneurysm clipping.2 In the following video, we present archival footage of Dr Sundt utilizing the Sundt clip graft during intracranial aneurysm surgery. The 3 cases are of the treatment of posterior communicating, middle cerebral, and anterior communicating artery aneurysms and depict the potential applications of the clip graft during aneurysm surgery. We also present footage of animal experiments Dr Sundt performed to validate the use of the clip graft. This footage likely represents some of the first microscopic neurosurgical recordings ever made. The patients consented to the procedure and to presentation of video recordings at the time of initial surgery. Image of Sundt at 0:11, Reproduced with permission from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 5550 Meadowbrook Dr, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008. Figures at 2:26 and 2:28, from Park PJ, Meyer FB, The Sundt clip graft, Neurosurgery, 2010;66(6 suppl operative):300-305, by permission of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E362
JournalOperative neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 15 2021


  • Intracranial aneurysm
  • Intraoperative complications
  • Surgical clips

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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