Comparison of superficial femoral vein and saphenous vein as conduits for mesenteric arterial bypass

J. Gregory Modrall, Javid Sadjadi, Donald R. Joiner, Ahsan Ali, M. Burress Welborn, Mark R. Jackson, R. James Valentine, G. Patrick Clagett

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Purpose: Gangrenous bowel, intraabdominal sepsis, and previous failed mesenteric bypass are indications for use of an autogenous conduit for mesenteric arterial reconstruction. Saphenous vein (SV) is often used as the autogenous conduit of choice, but it may be prone to graft stenosis or occlusion. Recent experience with superficial femoral vein (SFV) suggests that it is an excellent alternative conduit for major arterial reconstruction. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcomes of SV and SFV for mesenteric arterial bypass. Methods: During a 7-year period, 26 patients underwent 43 mesenteric arterial bypass procedures with autogenous conduit. SV was used for 23 bypasses (53%), and SFV was used for 20 bypasses (47%). Indications for revascularization included chronic mesenteric ischemia (n = 15; 58%), acute mesenteric ischemia (n = 9; 35%), and mycotic aneurysm of the paravisceral aorta (n = 2; 7%). Three patients (11%) underwent revascularization with SV grafts and two patients (8%) with SFV grafts after previous failed mesenteric bypass. Results: The 30-day mortality rate was 15%. Three deaths occurred after SV bypass for acute mesenteric ischemia, and one death occurred after a SFV bypass for a ruptured paravisceral mycotic aneurysm. Twenty-two surviving patients were followed for a mean of 31 ± 6 months. Three of 11 patients (27%) who survived after SV bypass had recurrent mesenteric ischemia develop (acute, n = 1; chronic, n = 2) from graft thrombosis at a mean interval of 32 ± 22 months after surgery. No patient had recurrent symptoms develop after SFV bypass. One of the three patients with SV graft failure died of acute mesenteric ischemia, and the other two patients underwent successful bypass with SFV. Symptomatic graft failure was significantly more likely to occur in patients receiving SV grafts compared with SFV grafts (P < .05). Conclusion: SFV yields acceptable clinical outcomes for mesenteric arterial bypass compared with SV. SFV is a viable alternative to SV when autogenous conduit is indicated for mesenteric arterial reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)362-366
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of vascular surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


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