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What is a coupler device?

What is a coupler device?

INDICATIONS FOR USE: The FLOW COUPLER Device is a single use, implantable device that is intended to be used in the end-to-end anastomosis of veins and arteries normally encountered in microsurgical and vascular reconstructive procedures.

What is a venous coupler?

Most venous coupler devices use polyethylene rings with interlocking steel pins to securely connect blood vessels [6]. Various advantages of venous couplers have been described in the literature, including ease of handling, improved intimal alignment and reduced foreign material within the vessel lumen [6].

What is a gem coupler?

Gem Coupler products are used for joining small diameter vessels during autologous tissue breast reconstruction; sealing small blood vessels; in head, neck and hand procedures.

How do you use a venous coupler?

Pull the end of the first vein through the coupler lumen. Evert the vessel over the pins, and then secure the vessel on to the pins using the coupler forceps. Gentle traction is used to visualize the lumen of the vessel. Repeat the process for the second vein.

What is the purpose of vascular anastomoses?

A vascular anastomosis is a surgical procedure that is used to connect vessels to each other. Vascular procedures that require an anastomosis include: Coronary artery bypass surgery to treat a blocked artery supplying the heart. Connecting an artery to a vein for hemodialysis access.

How do surgeons connect blood vessels?

In an operation, two vessels are placed through a ring, folded back, and impaled on the pins. The two rings are then pressed together, forming a secure connection: a successful anastomosis.

How do blood vessels reconnect after surgery?

A flow coupler (made by Synovis MCA) is a tiny implant that can be used to reconnect small veins during microvascular surgery. The implant both connects two veins together and monitors blood flow through the vein using a tiny ultrasonic Doppler probe.

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