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April 1965

Angioplasty in the Treatment of Peripheral Occlusive Arteriopathy: A Summary of 12 Years' Experience

Author Affiliations

From the Department of General Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1965;90(4):617-628. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1965.01320100161024

IN VIEW of the virtually unanimous approval that the concept of the reconstructive treatment of peripheral arterial occlusive disease has attained in the past ten years, the lack of agreement regarding the application of the technical details of this concept—such as the use of endarterectomy and bypass grafting in the disobstruction of aorto-iliac lesions—that one still witnesses is not only unfortunate but at times puzzling. The factors contributing to this disagreement are several but perhaps the most important is the great scarcity of published reports of groups of patients carefully and long enough observed and numerous enough to allow valid conclusions regarding the merits of the diverse competing reconstructive technical procedures. It has seemed to us that a presentation of the summary of a survey we have made of our own clinical material may in some degree help close this gap in information. Our experience from 1952 to 1959 was

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