The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of the VCS vascular clip approximating system for the creation of hemodialysis access fistulas. 173 new vascular accesses were created, 92 prosthetic grafts and 81 autologous fistulas over a 40-month period. 50 sutured and 42 clipped fistulas comprised the prosthetic graft series, and 33 sutured and 48 clipped cases the autologous series. Risk factors associated with access patency were correlated and the primary patencies compared in the suture versus clipped group. A significant improvement in primary patency was noted for the clipped prosthetic group at all time points studied, with a positive trend also noted for clipped autologous fistulae.
Conclusions: The vascular clipping system (the VCS system) provides both long-term and immediate advantages for vascular access construction. Clips have been used successfully to treat seven consecutive patients with upper extremity arterial steal syndrome without the technical difficulties associated with traditional methods of repair.