Composite polytetrafluoroethylene/vein bypass grafts: conventional distal vein segment of vein cuff?
1996 (English)In: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, ISSN 1078-5884, E-ISSN 1532-2165, Vol. 12, no 3, 337-371 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVES: To determine the current status of PTFE vein composite grafts, we reviewed our experience with 205 composite reconstructions and compared the results of conventional distal vein segment to that of distal vein cuff.
DESIGN: Retrospective review.
SETTING: Department of Surgery, University Hospital.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: The series included 85 women and 102 men with a median age of 70. The indications for surgery were claudication in 30, rest pain in 71 and ulcer/gangrene in 103. The site of the distal anastomosis was the popliteal artery in 111 and crural artery in 94. The graft consisted of a proximal PTFE graft anastomosed to a distal segment of reversed saphenous vein in 169 or to a modified distal Miller cuff in 36 operations after 1992.
RESULTS: Cumulative life table primary patency rates for the whole series at 12, 24 and 36 months were 39%, 32% and 25% respectively. Limbs with good run-off demonstrated significantly better patency rates compared to limbs with poor run-off (55% and 17% at 12 months, 35% and 11% at 36 months, p = 0.04). The patency rate of femorocrural grafts with poor run-off was only 4% at 12 months. The overall limb salvage rates at 12 and 36 months were 63% and 55%, respectively. Similar results were obtained in limbs with distal reversed vein segment and distal vein cuff.
CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest that for infrainguinal bypass grafting where the saphenous vein is unavailable, a composite PTFE-vein graft might be an acceptable alternative in limbs with good run-off. Although not a randomised study, the results using a distal reversed vein segment of a cuff were similar.
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1996. Vol. 12, no 3, 337-371 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-58382DOI: 10.1016/S1078-5884(96)80253-XPubMedID: 8896477OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-58382DiVA: diva2:86292