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Maria-Angeles Aller, Fernando Sanchez-Patan and Jaime Arias
There is a widespread consensus that training in microvascular surgery has to start with
non-living models. Harvested latex sheets and arteries are an example of excellent models for
teaching basic microvascular techniques. Vascular microanastomoses could be performed by
suture and non-suture methods. Microvascular suture techniques could be made interrupted or
continuous. Alternatively, end-to-side microanastomoses could be performed by intussusception
using only one or two stitches. Non-suture microvascular techniques include cuff-ligature, rings,
clips, stents, adhesives and thermal or laser welding.
Surgery I Department, School of Medicine, Complutense University of Madrid. Madrid. Spain.