Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Grafts in Reconstructive Arterial Surgery: Preliminary Report of the First 110 Consecutive Cases for Limb Salvage

Frank J. Veith, Charles M. Moss, Stanley C. Fell, Barbara A. Rhodes, Eric Somberg, Paul Weiss, Scott J. Boley, Henry Haimovici

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One hundred ten arterial reconstructions, including several new and extended bypasses, were performed with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) grafts and were observed for three to 16 months. Patency rates were 100% with 15 bypasses to the femoral artery, 95% with 66 bypasses to the popliteal artery, and 76% with 29 bypasses to the arteries of the leg and foot. These encouraging preliminary results justify continued use and evaluation of PTFE as an arterial prosthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1867-1869
Number of pages3
JournalJAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Oct 20 1978


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