Bypass surgery and balloon angioplasty did not differ for amputation-free survival in severe limb ischemia

May 2006
ACP Journal Club;May/Jun2006, Vol. 144 Issue 3, p69
Academic Journal
The article presents a study which analyzes whether a bypass surgery is the first strategy in patients with severe limb ischemia. 452 patients with severe limb ischemia for less than 2 weeks who could be treated either by infrainguinal bypass surgery or balloon angioplasty based on their diagnostic images were included in the study. The study found that in patients with severe limb ischemia, initial strategies of bypass surgery or balloon angioplasty did not differ for amputation-free survival. Bypass surgery consumed more hospital resources.


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