The hemostatic power of fat: An effective, inexpensive, and biocompatible method to achieve hemostasis in cardiac surgery [Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars]
Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2018; 46(2): 151-154 | DOI: 10.5543/tkda.2017.89803

The hemostatic power of fat: An effective, inexpensive, and biocompatible method to achieve hemostasis in cardiac surgery

María Elena Arnáiz García1, Jose María González- Santos1, Javier López- Rodríguez1, Ana María Arnáiz- García2, Javier Arnáiz3
1Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain
2Department of Infectious Diseases, University Hospital Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, Spain
3Department of Radiology, Aspetar-Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital, Al Buwairda St. Doha, Qatar

Postoperative bleeding with its important socioeconomic cost is associated with an increased morbidity and mortality. It causes hemodynamic instability, increases blood loss, and multiplies the number of transfusions required. Especially in vascular or aortic surgery, postoperative bleeding can become a life-threatening complication due to anticoagulant or antiaggregation preoperative status or postoperative coagulation dysfunction after a high level of heparinization. Presently described is the case of a patient who underwent an aortic valve and ascending aorta replacement. A simple but effective method to achieve hemostasis, designed particularly for aortic surgery and the use of Dacron grafts, is presented. No residual adherence or contraindications exist, and it can potentially be applied to any kind of surgical process. This method offers a cheap, biocompatible, and highly effective means to achieve complete hemostasis without the use of extra sutures, or expensive synthetic or allogeneic hemostatic agents or sealants.

Keywords: Hemostatic, fat, technique, aortic, vascular, surgery.

How to cite this article
María Elena Arnáiz García, Jose María González- Santos, Javier López- Rodríguez, Ana María Arnáiz- García, Javier Arnáiz. The hemostatic power of fat: An effective, inexpensive, and biocompatible method to achieve hemostasis in cardiac surgery. Turk Kardiyol Dern Ars. 2018; 46(2): 151-154

Corresponding Author: María Elena Arnáiz García, Spain
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