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Preservation for future use of the autologous saphenous vein during femoro-popliteal bypass surgery is inexpedient.
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PMID:  18675557     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To investigate the usefulness of greater saphenous vein preservation for future vascular reconstructions during femoro-popliteal bypass surgery. DESIGN: Post-hoc analysis of data acquired in a randomized multi-centre clinical trial comparing two different vascular prostheses ( ID: NCT 00523263). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The true frequency of ipsilateral saphenous vein use in subsequent femoro-popliteal and coronary bypass surgery was investigated through case-record analysis with a median follow-up of 60 months in 100 consecutive patients, that received a prosthetic femoro-popliteal bypass between 1996 and 2001. RESULTS: An ipsilateral secondary femoro-popliteal bypass was performed in 11 patients (11%) at a mean interval of 34 months (range 1-96). The ipsilateral saphenous vein was applied for these procedures in 8 cases (8%). The cumulative probability of receiving a subsequent bypass was 8% at 3 years and 10% at 5 years follow-up respectively. One patient (1%) underwent CABG at 8 years follow-up with the use of ipsilateral lower leg saphenous vein segments only. CONCLUSION: Preservation of the greater saphenous vein in supragenicular femoro-popliteal bypass surgery is not a valid argument for application of prosthetic material.
M Dirven; D M Scharn; J D Blankensteijn; J A van der Vliet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1532-2165     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-15     Completed Date:  2008-10-02     Revised Date:  2008-11-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  420-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Vascular Surgery, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation*
Coronary Artery Bypass
Femoral Artery / surgery*
Ischemia / surgery*
Leg / blood supply
Middle Aged
Popliteal Artery / surgery*
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Saphenous Vein / transplantation*

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