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DMC Harper University Hospital Dialysis Access Center Introduces A Safer, Longer-Lasting Approach to "Vascular Graft" Procedure
Date:7/17/2013

DETROIT, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A team of physicians at DMC Harper University Hospital announced yesterday that it has successfully treated several patients with a new high-tech "vascular graft" that significantly reduces the risk of trauma to blood vessels used in connecting patients to the kidney dialysis machines that are essential to protecting their health.

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The new vascular graft device – a specially engineered plastic tube that links veins to arteries to form a "bridge" between them as part of maintaining a safe and long-lasting connection between patient and kidney dialysis machine – is especially effective because it doesn't require suturing blood vessels, as happens in more traditional "venous anastomosis" surgical procedures, according to kidney specialists at the DMC.

Recently approved by the FDA for use in the United States, the "Flixene IFG" allows the connection between vein and artery (a key step in creating the "bridge" between patient and dialysis machine) to be made via the specially engineered plastic tube, thus eliminating the need for sewing the blood vessels together.

"The good news for kidney patients is that the use of this new vascular tool means it is no longer necessary to sew the graft into place," said Yevgeniy Rits, M.D., the vascular surgeon who has directed the Harper Dialysis Access Center (DAC) since its creation two years ago.  "Because there is less trauma to the blood vessels involved, there is less chance that the graft will fail."

Until now, the sewn areas of the blood vessels in vascular grafts have often been the areas where they fail.  But because the new Flixene IFG doesn't require any sutures at all, it seems likely to last much longer than t
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