Re: stents

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From:Mark Phillips <>
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For an easier approach for cutting stents (depending on the type of 
stent) try fixing the artery & stent in formalin for an extended 
period so that the tissue is very well fixed and quite firm. You can 
then cut the stent along one side of the artery (trying not to cause 
to much trauma to the tissue). The stent can then be removed from the 
artery. You will have slight damage to one side of the artery but for 
the most part it will be fine. This is the technique we have used 
here for carotid endarterectomies in the past.

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