A Novel Reverse Thermosensitive Polymer to Achieve Temporary Atraumatic Vessel Occlusion in Infra-popliteal Bypasses
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, ISSN 1078-5884, E-ISSN 1532-2165, Vol. 45, no 1, 51-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to assess a novel thermosensitive polymer (LeGoo(®)) for distal vessel control during infra-popliteal (crural/pedal) bypass surgery in severe leg ischaemia. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of all distal bypasses from October 2009 to February 2012. Technical success, patency, limb salvage and amputation-free survival rates were analysed. RESULTS: Fifty-four infra-popliteal bypasses using the polymer were performed in 46 patients. The distal anastomosis was at the anterior tibial (n = 15, 28%), posterior tibial (n = 12, 22%), peroneal (n = 8, 15%), tibio-peroneal trunk (n = 8, 15%) and dorsalis pedis arteries (n = 11, 20%). Technical success was achieved in 51/54 (94.4%; failures: two inadequate haemostasis, one un-dissolved polymer). In-hospital duplex of the distal anastomosis showed a significant stenosis in two cases (4.3%). Outflow angioplasty was performed in three cases (two distal anastomotic, one run-off vessel, 5.6%). The 1-year patency rate was 76.2% (standard error (SE) 6.7%), limb salvage rate 79.3% (SE 6.7%). Amputation-free survival was 93.5% at 30 days (SE 3.6%) and 67.5% at 1 year (SE 7.5%). CONCLUSION: This thermosensitive polymer is a potentially safe and useful atraumatic device to achieve a blood-less distal anastomotic field in infra-popliteal bypasses. The technique avoids other potentially traumatic methods of vessel control, which may be particularly important in patients with calcified distal vessels.
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2013. Vol. 45, no 1, 51-56 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-189436DOI: 10.1016/j.ejvs.2012.10.008ISI: 000315252100009PubMedID: 23134676OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-189436DiVA: diva2:581409