Design and development of a prosthetic implant for cardiovascular reconstructions.
Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).
There is a significant worldwide demand for a small calibre vascular graft for use as a bypass or replacement conduit. Our lab has developed a novel nanocomposite poly- mer based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane and poly(carbonate-urea)urethane (POSS-PCU) which has displayed promising properties in vitro. In this thesis, POSS- PCU has been utilised to fabricate prosthetic small calibre conduits for use as arterial replacements. An important feature in determining the success of a graft is the wall structure which includes porosity, pore size and pore interconnectivity, which play a crucial role not only in determining the extent of graft healing but also on mechanical behaviour. A novel extrusion/phase inversion method was investigated and optimised to produce grafts with a range of pore sizes (0-30 μm) and porosities (up to 90%). With mismatches in mechanical properties implicated in the aetiology of intimal hyperplasia, the dynamic mechanical behaviour of grafts was investigated. Grafts could be engineered with compliance values ranging from 5 to 12 per mmHg x 10^-2 compared to an average value of 5.9 per mmHg x 10^-2 for the native artery. Biocompatibility is largely dependent on surface properties which were extensively characterised for each of the porous grafts. Grafts were found to readily endothelialise in vitro and were resistant to platelet activation. An external graft reinforcement method was developed in order to minimise graft kinking. Finally, the grafts were evaluated in vivo in an ovine model following GLP protocols for a period of 9 months. A patency rate of 70% was achieved (n=10). The positive in vitro results and successful conclusion to the large animal trial suggest that POSS-PCU small calibre grafts are a promising candidate for cardiovascular reconstructions.
|Title:||Design and development of a prosthetic implant for cardiovascular reconstructions|
|Open access status:||An open access version is available from UCL Discovery|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > CoMPLEX - Maths and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology|
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