Kinky bypass grafts last longer

2019-03-02 01:03:06

By Rowan Hooper GET kinky. Go with the flow. This is not a lifestyle recommendation, it’s the latest advice to vascular surgeons. Evidence is mounting that bypass grafts work much better, and last much longer, if they have helical twists. When surgeons make a graft to bypass a blockage in a blood vessel they often have to use prosthetic tubes because suitable arteries and veins are hard to come by. Similarly, when patients with renal disease have dialysis, a loop of tubing may be fitted between a vein and an artery, usually in the arm. This loop,