The pros and cons of endovascular and open surgical treatments for patients with acute limb ischemia

B. C. Branco, M. F. Montero-Baker, Joseph L Mills

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The present review addresses the pros and cons of the current, wide variety of therapeutic options available for the treatment of acute limb ischemia (ALI). Despite five prospective randomized controlled trials comparing catheter directed thrombolysis and open surgical revascularization, no single treatment strategy can yet be considered optimal for patients with ALI. This report includes 20 years of published data to evaluate the efficacy and safety profile of thrombolytic agents and adjunctive endovascular techniques when compared to open surgical revascularization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-407
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015



  • Embolectomy
  • Endovascular procedures
  • Ischemia
  • Lower extremity
  • Thrombectomy
  • Thrombolythic therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)

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