This image shows the creation of a replacement inferior vena cava (IVC) made from the patient’s own veins. This biological graft is used to repair an injury to the IVC segmentabove the renal veins.
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Reconstruction can also be performed with the synthetic materialpolytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon), but research suggests that using biological material may be superior because of increased biocompatibility.
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