Tube device for facilitating distal anastomosis in aortic arch replacement

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Abstract

The technique of placing an inverted graft into the descending thoracic aorta facilitates and secures the distal anastomosis in aortic arch replacement, especially in the anastomosis beyond the transverse arch. We developed a simple technique using a pair of thin-walled tubes to enable the arch graft, with its four branches, to be smoothly inserted into the flaccid, normal-caliber descending aorta. The use of these tubes simplified the procedure, resulting in time saving.

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