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Bypass Surgery for Lower Extremity Limb Salvage: Vein Bypass

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Hosam F. El-Sayed

Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, The Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas, US
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Abstract

Bypass surgery for limb salvage in cases of chronic limb ischemia is a well-established treatment modality. Use of an autogenous vein provides the best conduit for infrainguinal arterial bypass procedures, particularly for bypass to the infrapopliteal arteries. In this article, we discuss infrainguinal vein bypass surgery including indications, perioperative care, and long-term follow up. We also discuss the outcomes of the procedure with regard to patient survival and limb salvage. The autogenous vein continues to be the best available conduit with the highest patency rate and the best treatment option. Compared to all other revascularization options for infrainguinal disease, the vein bypass has the best limb salvage and long-term survival in patients appropriately selected for the procedure.

How to Cite: 1. El-Sayed HF. Bypass Surgery for Lower Extremity Limb Salvage: Vein Bypass. Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal. 2012;8(4):37-42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-8-4-37
Published on 01 Oct 2012.
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