In a prospective randomised study, performed over a 6-year period, 102 patients with severe lower limb ischaemia or claudication resistant to exercise training were randomised either to percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) or vascular surgery. Only patients who could be treated by both methods were included, constituting only 5% of the total number of patients treated during this period. The two groups were similar regarding age, severity of symptoms and diabetes. The immediate and 1-year results showed similar success and complication rates. There was, however, a significantly shorter hospital stay for patients treated with PTA. Due to early complications and initial failures PTA should, however, only be used in institutions where vascular surgical facilities are available since PTA demands access to such treatment.
- Percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA)
- Prospective randomised study
- Vascular reconstruction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine