120 Day Explant

Last week we explanted the AVBG device we installed in a pig in October – approximately 120 day implant duration.    The valve (25 mm Hancock II) inserted into the housing looked fully functional.  We got some terrific echo data.  A quick look at the internal housing via a boroscope indicated a normal pannus response. We did not open it.   At this time we’re fixing the device in formalin.  We’ll let it crosslink and then open it sometime later this week.  Externally the device demonstrated a normal capsular response.   Our first impression is that this implant was a success.

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