"The number of lower leg amputations is still too high" is a rarely disputed statement
among medical professionals who treat leg/foot tissue loss. The debate over how many
legs are lost in each country is a difficult one, as different countries rely on different
approaches to record the number of lower limb amputations.
The Food and Drug Administration has granted 510(k) clearance to Cook Medical for
its Evolution Duodenal Controlled-Release stent. This new stent expands palliative
care options for patients experiencing issues associated with malignant gastric outlet
obstruction, a late stage complication of a variety of gastrointestinal related cancers with
pancreatic cancer being the most common cause.
New data from four studies released recently show promising results for stents and stent
grafts in the superficial femoral artery.
Endovenous laser ablation is as effective as surgery in the treatment of small saphenous
vein incompetence, but associated with less periprocedural pain, faster recovery and
fewer neural complications, according to a new randomised controlled trial.
Results of a study investigating the use of a drug-eluting balloon for below-the-knee
revascularisation were presented at the TCT symposium in San Francisco in November.
The preliminary results show that a paclitaxel-eluting balloon seems to provide better
results in terms of 12-month restenosis and re-occlusion compared to conventional
Researchers from Norway have found that additional treatment with catheter-directed
thrombolysis (CDT), when compared to standard treatment of oral anticoagulation
therapy and elastic compression stockings, reduces the risk of post-thrombotic
syndrome (PTS) in patients who suffer from deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) in their lower
A study first published online on 12 September in the Journal of Interventional
Cardiology suggests that endovascular treatment of diabetic foot syndrome using mixed
coronary and peripheral materials and techniques leads to high immediate success and
limb salvage rates compared to historical series.
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