J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 2021 Jun 12;74(6):1286-1302. Epub 2021 Jan 12.
Group for Academic Plastic Surgery, The Blizard Institute, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK; Department of Plastic Surgery, Emergency Care and Trauma Division, The Royal London Hospital, Bart's Health NHS Trust, London, UK.
Introduction: There are several reasons microsurgeons may not use a coupler device in arterial anastomosis: may be thick-walled, non-pliable due to atherosclerotic calcification or present vessel geometrical discrepancies. This review summarises the current applications, efficacy and troubleshooting of microvascular coupler devices in arterial end-to-end anastomosis.
Methods: A systematic review of the literature was performed in November 2020 across 4 electronic databases and in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines. Read More