Alexander S Tretinyak

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BACKGROUND Faecal incontinence is difficult to treat. A variety of reconstructive procedures has been described, but none is entirely satisfactory. This study evaluated the feasibility of cross-innervating a skeletal muscle neosphincter with the pudendal nerve in a canine model. METHODS Thirty dogs were rendered surgically incontinent (the pudendal nerve(More)
Intimal hyperplasia, common at the deployment site of an intra-arterial stent, may be caused by artery wall hypoxia. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of an intra-arterial stent on artery wall oxygen concentrations. Transarterial wall oxygen gradients were measured by microelectrode at stent deployment sites in New Zealand White rabbits.(More)
The natural history of the ectatic infrarenal aorta remains undetermined. While surveillance protocols have been proposed for true aneurysms, no recommendations are currently available for ectatic aortas. The purpose of this study is to define the natural history and recommend surveillance protocols for the infrarenal aorta 2.5-2.9 cm in diameter. Screening(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was performed for the determination of the expansion rates and outcomes and for recommendations for the surveillance of the 3.0-cm to 3.9-cm abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). DESIGN The study was observational with data from patients screened with ultrasound scanning for AAA at five Veterans Affairs Medical Centers for enrollment in(More)
BACKGROUND The number of cases involving patients undergoing vascular procedures who are prescribed clopidogrel or warfarin as treatment options continues to rise. Our aim was to examine outcomes related to antiplatelet or anticoagulation therapy in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA). METHODS A retrospective review of 260 consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic venous ulcer (CVU) is common and is responsible for significant health care expenditures worldwide. Compression is the mainstay of treatment, but long-term compliance with this therapy is often inconsistent, particularly in the elderly and infirm. Surgical ablation of axial and perforator reflux has been used as an adjunct to compression(More)
BACKGROUND Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a major cause of cardiovascular ischemic events and amputation. Knowledge gaps exist in defining and measuring key factors that predict these events. The objective of this study was to assess whether duration of limb ischemia would serve as a major predictor of limb and patient survival. METHODS The FReedom(More)
Traditional outcomes following revascularization for chronic critical limb ischemia consider limb retention and hemodynamic results. Health-related quality of life is not measured. This study was undertaken to determine if surgery for chronic critical limb ischemia improves health-related quality of life. Forty-six patients undergoing revascularization(More)
In 2007, there were 4 million visits to emergency departments in the United States with a primary diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.1 Current forecasts estimate that the direct medical costs for cardiovascular disease in the United States will triple by 2030 to $800 billion dollars.2 Acute cardiovascular emergencies, including ST-segment–elevation(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to determine whether the administration of 40% supplemental oxygen (O ( 2) ) will decrease cellular proliferation and intimal hyperplasia (IH) at a prosthetic vascular graft (PVG)-to-artery anastomosis. METHODS Twenty New Zealand white rabbits underwent placement of a 3-mm polytetrafluoroethylene graft in their(More)