A series of 62 femorofemoral bypass grafts (FFBG) is reported. The indication for this operation was unilateral iliofemoral occlusion with severe ischemia of the lower limb in poor-risk patients. Severe ischemia presented as rest pain and/or minor necrotic lesions to the foot fingers, while patients were defined poor-risk for aging and concomitant diseases advising major surgical procedures and general anaesthesia. Claudication was not considered as an indication for this operation, and this statement is discussed in detail reviewing the literature. Operative death rate was approximately 6.4% (4 subjects), due to acute renal failure, revascularization syndrome, cardiac arrest and pulmonary oedema. Twenty subjects had had a total of 33 previous vascular reconstructive procedures; this occurrence did not reveal any statistically significant consequences on long-term patency rate, although a difference was seen in favour of the patients who had not undergone previous vascular reconstructive procedures. In the group of patients who underwent FFBG as the first vascular procedure, five early occlusions occurred: three Fogarty catheter thrombectomies were successful. Cumulative patency rate was then 77% at 36 months in the series of 58 survivors. Rest pain was relieved in any instances and a satisfactory improvement of claudication was obtained.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 1990|
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