The goal of lower extremity revascularization is to relieve pain, heal wounds, and prevent amputations by restoration of arterial perfusion. This necessarily brief overview will discuss the indications for vascular reconstruction and the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease, and review of the “open” vascular procedures used for revascularization.
From the Division of Vascular Surgery, Georgetown University Medical Center.
Received for publication June 20, 2010; accepted September 24, 2010.
Disclosure:Dr. Neville receives honoraria for speaking engagements with W. L. Gore.
Richard F. Neville, M.D.; Division of Vascular Surgery; Georgetown University Hospital; 3800 Reservoir Road, 4 PHC; Washington, D.C. 20007; firstname.lastname@example.org