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June 1957

Replacement of Long and Narrow Arterial SegmentsII. Experimental Studies with an Elastic ("Helanca") Seamless Woven Nylon Prosthesis

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit.

AMA Arch Surg. 1957;74(6):944-953. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1957.01280120122014

We have previously reported that seamless woven tubes of nylon or Teflon (a plastic consisting of tetrafluoroethylene polymer), 7-10 mm. in diameter and 18-24 cm. in length, function well as experimental arterial substitutes in anatomical locations where they are not subjected to bending stress.1 When bent, these tubes buckle and show a high incidence of wrinkle thrombosis. Since it appeared that a prosthesis with elastic qualities would overcome this deficiency, our attention was turned to a prosthesis composed partly of an elastic nylon yarn.

Materials and Method 

Characteristics of the Prosthesis.  —The prosthesis used is woven with an ordinary tubular weave as a seamless tube and is made up of two types of nylon yarn. A magnified view of this material is shown in Figure 1. The longitudinal fibers are so-called "Helanca" nylon, and the circular fibers are plain, straight nylon. Table 1 gives the details of the weave,

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