The possibility of distal embolization from a femoral-popliteal prosthesis above the knee. A consideration against its routine use in this position Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis
  • Embolism
  • Femoral Artery
  • Popliteal Artery


  • The preferential use of a synthetic arterial graft in the above-knee femoral-popliteal position is advocated by many surgeons for a variety of reasons. Our recent experience with three cases of substantial deterioration of runoff vessels within a brief period, which may have resulted from embolization from such a conduit, is presented along with other arguments against the routine use of a prosthesis in this position. The procedure with the best possible outcome, namely, one utilizing autogenous vein, should be performed at the outset in all patients except those with a limited life expectancy or those in whom a lengthy procedure would be hazardous.

publication date

  • January 1990



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 2331227

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 668

end page

  • 70


  • 125


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