PMID: 108551Mar 23, 1979

Chronic arterial occlusive disease of the lower body. Diagnostic-therapeutic, especially surgical-therapeutic aspects and postoperative care

MMW, Münchener medizinische Wochenschrift
A Senn, S Stirnemann


The treatment of chronic arterial circulatory disorders of the lower extremities depends on the one hand on the presence of a type of occlusive process which can be confirmed angiologically and on the other hand by the degree of severity and thirdly on the availability of operative and conservative methods of treatment. According to the stage of ischemia (Stage III and IV) possibly only surgical measures offer the possibility of preventing amputation. The nearer the stenotic process to the aorta, the greater the possibility of success of a surgical intervention if the general condition does not represent a contraindication to surgery. The questions of indications for operation and the problems of the most suitable procedure (endarterectomy, bypass, prostheses, Dotter's transluminal dilatation) are discussed on the basis of many years' experience.

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