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Operative Technique
March 2001

The Surgical Aspects of the Totally Implantable Hepatic Artery Infusion Pump

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Surgical Oncology, State University of New York, Stony Brook.



Arch Surg. 2001;136(3):348-352. doi:10.1001/archsurg.136.3.348

The design of a totally implantable hepatic artery infusion pump in 1969 made the use of hepatic artery infusion feasible and practical as a treatment for patients with hepatic neoplasms. The implantable pumps could function for long periods and reliably infuse a measured quantity of drug into the hepatic artery in a continuous fashion. This enabled oncologists to give much higher doses of chemotherapy directly into the blood supply of the tumors as well as to use a continuous infusion schedule.

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