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Deborah Mcnamara
04-16-1998, 07:03 PM
Hello.
I am a surgeon involved in testing the effect of various drug treatments on
healing following surgery. I am now working on gastrointestinal anastomotic
healing (ie how the bowel heals following excision of one portion and suturing the
two cut ends together). I need to evaluate a mechanical measure of strength in
addition to other biological measures. I have already measured bursting pressure
on intact anastomoses and need this second measure for comparison.

Does anyone know how I could measure the breaking strength of strips of the
anastomosis? I'd be happy to discuss in more detail with anyone who thinks they
could help me devise an appropriate system.
Thanks.

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