Ann Thorac Surg 1975;19:571-573
© 1975 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Straight Suture Plane to Avoid Periprosthetic Leak in Aortic Valve Replacement
F. Alonso-Lej, M.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgery Service, Hospital General de Asturias, Oviedo, Spain
Accepted for publication October 17, 1974.
A suture technique which avoids periprosthetic leakage during replacement of the aortic valve is described. Three types of stitch are inserted in a manner that causes all needle points to exit in a straight plane. The method was employed in 106 consecutive patients; of the 99 who survived operation, none have developed perivalvular leak.
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