View Full Version : Testing bowel strength

Deborah Mcnamara
04-16-1998, 07:03 PM
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.

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