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November 1977

Management of Early Postoperative Complications of Arterial Repairs

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery, St Thomas Hospital and Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals, Nashville, Tenn.

Arch Surg. 1977;112(11):1371-1374. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1977.01370110105011

• Of 1,703 patients undergoing arterial procedures during a three-year period, 81 (4.7%) required reoperation within 72 hours because of early complications. Thrombosis (58 patients) and hemorrhage (19 patients) were the most frequent complications encountered. Reoperation was successful in salvaging a successful outcome in the majority of patients after both hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications. The results seem to justify a continued aggressive approach to the management of early complications following vascular reconstructive procedures.

(Arch Surg 112:1371-1374, 1977)