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The Annals of thoracic surgery

A new simplified technique for making tricuspid expanded polytetrafluoroethylene valved conduit for right ventricular outflow reconstruction.


PMID 23608297

Abstract

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.