March 1976

Tibial Artery Bypass

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, University of Sydney, and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

Arch Surg. 1976;111(3):235-238. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1976.01360210029005

• Experience with 29 tibial bypasses is presented. Twenty-one have remained patent for an average time of 13.2 months. There were two hospital deaths and five additional late ones. Autogenous saphenous vein was used in 27. Electromagnetic flowmeter studies were useful in assessment of patency, but intraoperative arteriography was of limited value only. The use of peroneal artery had equivalent results to anterior and posterior tibial arteries. It is concluded that a reasonable limb prognosis may be offered to the patient with advanced ischemic disease and one or more open tibial vessels. The late mortality in this group is appreciable.

(Arch Surg 111:235-238, 1976)