Endovascular rescue of long-term vascular graft implants and need for continuous surveillance

Brian M. Leoce, Herbert Dardik, Phillip Bahramipour, Thomas R. Bernik

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We present two cases of vascular graft degradation after long-term implantation. In both patients, endovascular techniques were employed to effect continued graft patency and function. Furthermore, these cases lend further credence to the doctrine of lifelong surveillance of all vascular interventions regardless of graft material. Postoperative surveillance of vascular interventions is generally recommended to avoid failures by identifying “the failing graft”1 at the earliest possible time to facilitate corrective procedures. There is a tendency that with continued function, over time, surveillance methods are spread farther apart and in fact often discontinued. Recent experiences with two cases illustrate the vital importance of lifelong continuous surveillance regardless of the site, graft material, or absence of symptoms. Clearly, the patient's compliance is essential. Both patients consented to the publication of their cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-14
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases, Innovations and Techniques
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


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