Releasing tension on a tracheal anastomosis: an ex vivo study on a sheep model.

OBJECTIVES Tension is the limiting factor in long tracheal resection with end-to-end anastomosis. Complications such as dehiscence and restenosis are well correlated with the degree of anastomotic tension. The objective of our study was to investigate the effects of patches of auricular cartilage glued craniocaudally along a tracheal anastomosis. METHODS… (More)