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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2011 February;52(1):9-16

Copyright © 2011 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Open vascular surgery as a starting point for endovascular surgery

de Donato G., Setacci F., Chisci E., Cappelli A., Palasciano G., Setacci C.

Unit of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, University of Siena, Siena, Italy


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What distinguishes vascular surgeons from other specialists who treat patients with vascular disease is their ability to combine skills in both open and endovascular treatments. Open vascular surgery should be considered the “starting point” for endovascular surgery, since training and practice in vascular surgery require extensive knowledge of the basic science and a thorough education in general surgical techniques. In addition, surgeons must possess detailed specialized knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of arteries, veins and lymphatics and of the pathological processes which may affect them. This scientific and technical background is also imperative for endovascular surgery. Open vascular surgery can also be considered as a potential finishing point of endovascular surgery. In fact, open surgery is still often the only solution for complex cases considered unsuitable for an endovascular approach, or for different types of complications following endovascular treatments. As endovascular surgery is increasingly considered as the initial treatment option for many patients with vascular disease, it is crucial that vascular surgery training programs develop methods to maintain the open surgical skills of their trainees. The only way for vascular surgeons to remain the premier specialists to care for patients with vascular disease is for them to combine skills in both open and endovascular treatments.

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