Journal article

Absorbable pulmonary artery banding: a strategy for reducing reoperations

Michael Daley, Christian P Brizard, Igor E Konstantinov, Johann Brink, Bryn Jones, Yves d'Udekem

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CARDIO-THORACIC SURGERY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

Objectives: Pulmonary artery banding (PAB) remains in the armamentarium of techniques for several congenital cardiac anomalies, but necessitates a reoperation for eventual removal. We sought to assess the efficacy of an absorbable PAB in obviating the requirement for reoperation. Methods: From 2003 to 2015, 45 consecutive patients with a median age of 1.6 months (2 days-11 months) underwent placement of a polydioxanone absorbable PAB. In 28 patients (62%), the band was placed concomitantly to a ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure and in 17 (38%), the band was the sole procedure for the VSDs. Fourteen patients had additional cardiac anomalies and 9 patients had aortic arch anomalies, whic..

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