Stapling device for afterloading brachytherapy catheters

P. J. Chuba, J. N. Fontanesi, D. L. Farmer, F. E. Rector, J. E. Pontes

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A simple and effective means of replacing the suturing of polyethylene afterloading brachytherapy catheters (ALCs) has been implemented by using a commercially available laparoscopic stapler. The shape of the staple formed by this device allowed the ALCs to be approximated and anchored to tissue. The ALCs remained immobilized in situ throughout the duration of the treatment and could be extracted without difficulty. This method has important advantages in reducing operating time and improving accuracy in implant placement. In addition, the placement of ALCs in anatomic regions that may be more difficult to approach surgically is facilitated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-47
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Brachytherapy International
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
  • Surgical Stapler

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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