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Surgical (Micropore) tape, a substitute for surgical suturing material, may overcome many problems of grafting smaller nerve fibers, according to Bromley S. Freeman, MD, Houston.
Freeman described use of tape at the annual meeting of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, May 13 through 16 in Chicago.
The tape, he said, is particularly suited to aid regeneration of peripheral nerves controlling facial expressions. Present anastomotic techniques lack reliability and require the use of elaborate instruments such as arterial sleeve stretchers and special molds to which the nerve must be adapted. In addition, the surgical procedure consumes excessive time.
Surgical tape, however, offers speed and reliability. Freeman has demonstrated its success in more than 15 patients, all of whom have shown restoration of functions. Regrowth of nerves following anastomoses, nerve grafting, or nerve crossing, was described as "relatively normal."
Even where peripheral nerves are large enough for suturing, Freeman holds that
Use of Surgical Tape as Substitute for Sutures Aids Surgeon in Grafting Smaller Nerve Fibers. JAMA. 1964;188(9):37. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060350085051