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Ann Vasc Surg. 1997 Nov;11(6):574-80.

Should balloon angioplasty and stents have any role in operative intervention for lower extremity ischemia?

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Endovascular Treatment Program, Kaiser Medical Center, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA.


Balloon angioplasty has been combined with open vascular surgery to treat lower extremity ischemia due to multilevel occlusive disease. The purposes of this study were: (1) to compare staged and simultaneous approaches to determine the optimal method for combining endovascular and open techniques and; (2) to assess the role of stents in intraoperative balloon angioplasty. Among 274 patients undergoing lower extremity revascularization over 30 months, 38 (13.9%) required a combination of endovascular and open techniques; 17 were staged (endovascular followed at an interval by distal open surgery) and 21 were simultaneous (intraoperative balloon angioplasty with or without stent placement at the time of open surgery). Groups were similar with respect to demographics, lesions treated with endovascular intervention, incidence and location of stent placement, and results of surgery. Additional operating time required for intraoperative endovascular intervention was 41.0 +/- 30.7 min., fluoroscopic time was 3.9 +/- 2.4 min. and contrast administered was 58.8 +/- 28.1 ml. There was no perioperative mortality. Length of stay was longer in the staged than in the simultaneous group (p < 0.01). Cumulative combined primary patency at 1 year by life-table methods was 82 +/- 10% in the staged group and 83 +/- 9% in the simultaneous group (p = 0.79). Mean follow-up was 13 +/- 6 months. There is a role for balloon angioplasty and stent placement in operative revascularization of ischemic limbs in selected patients: patency was similar to that produced with the staged approach while the length of stay was shorter. Intraoperative balloon angioplasty is safe and effective and stents permit a measure of control in assuring an optimal intraoperative postangioplasty result.

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