Background: Arterial revascularizations can present significant challenges when vessels are disadvantaged and advances in technology present the surgeon with innovative opportunities. A number of studies have used the GORE® Hybrid Vascular Graft (GHVG), and we have been using this device in arterial revascularizations since it came to market. The aim of this study is therefore to present a large single-center experience using the GHVG. This series presents patients with complex revascularizations in multiple vascular beds. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed a single-center series of 43 patients who received a total of 56 GHVGs in complex revascularization procedures at Houston Methodist Hospital from March 2012 to April 2017. We excluded 5 patients (7 grafts in total) because of loss of follow-up. An additional 8 patients were excluded from the analysis (11 grafts in total) secondary to mortalities unrelated to their grafts (7 patients died during index hospitalization and 1 patient died shortly after discharge). Results: Our results demonstrated an 18-month primary patency, assisted primary patency, and secondary patency of 82, 86, and 96%, respectively. These complex revascularizations included a total of 56 devices placed. GHVGs were placed in the external iliac artery (27/56), renal artery (12/56), common femoral artery (6/56), superficial femoral artery (4/56), common iliac artery (3/56), grafts (3/56), profunda femoris artery (1/56), and the superior mesenteric artery (1/56). Early mortality in patients (7/8) was because of the nature of their disease and not related to the surgical intervention. Conclusions: The GHVG has the ability to create a sutureless anastomosis in a disadvantaged vessel or to promote a potentially better outcome by either avoiding prolonged ischemia to visceral branches or avoiding extensive abdominal or retroperitoneal exposure in an iliofemoral bypass. These results demonstrate the value of the GHVG in complex revascularizations not amenable to traditional open surgical bypass. Level of Evidence: IV.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine