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May 1981

Femoral Incision for Arterial Bypass

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Elmhurst, NY

Arch Surg. 1981;116(5):729. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380170199035

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Abstract

To the Editor.—I read with great interest the letter by David Pecora, MD, on an improved femoral incision for arterial bypass (Archives 1981;115:1242).

I entirely agree that this is an area where special precautions are necessary to prevent wound infections after the performance of arterial surgery. However, I would not feel happy using Dr Pecora's proposed incision, as this would make access to the long saphenous vein impossible without elevating an extensive medial flap. I have, therefore, continued to use a vertical incision directly over the femoral artery through which both the artery and the long saphenous vein can be reached satisfactorily.

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