Videotunneler for minimal and direct access aortoiliac reconstructive surgery

G. Wéber, G. J. Jako

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Despite improvements in surgical practice and postoperative care, the large vertical midline or transverse transperitoneal approaches used in abdominal aortic surgery are still associated with a relatively high perioperative morbidity and mortality rate even in patients who are considered good risks for undergoing aortic surgery. This significant perioperative morbidity is partly caused by the major surgical trauma. To decrease the surgical stress on these patients we have developed a less-extensive procedure for this type of vascular reconstruction. Technique: The abdominal aorta is explored using a special retractor through a short upper median minilaparotomy utilizing modified conventional surgical hand instruments. For an aortobifemoral graft implantation, a retroperitoneal tunnel is necessary. During the creation of this tunnel special care should be exercised to avoid troublesome hemorrhage with iliac and other vein lacerations. To overcome these difficulties, we have developed a new tunneling device, which allows us to have visual control of the tunneling procedure. This prototype device contains a semiflexible tube with an inflatable balloon and a flexible videoendoscope. It is introduced along the external iliac artery into the retroperitoneal space and creates a tunnel through step-by-step inflation of the balloon. After this, the graft is implanted in the usual manner. To date, 19 abdominal vascular reconstructions have been performed with this method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)852-854
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Endoscopy
Volume10
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996

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Reconstructive Surgical Procedures
Blood Vessels
Retroperitoneal Space
Morbidity
Iliac Vein
Transplants
Equipment and Supplies
Postoperative Care
Lacerations
Iliac Artery
Abdominal Aorta
Economic Inflation
Surgical Instruments
Laparotomy
Hand
Hemorrhage
Mortality
Wounds and Injuries

Keywords

  • Aortic reconstruction
  • Minimal access
  • Retroperitoneal tunnel
  • Videoendoscope

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  • Surgery

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Videotunneler for minimal and direct access aortoiliac reconstructive surgery. / Wéber, G.; Jako, G. J.

In: Surgical Endoscopy, Vol. 10, No. 8, 08.1996, p. 852-854.

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