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This is the Scientific Surgery Archive, which contains all randomized clinical trials in surgery that have been identified by searching the top 50 English language medical journal issues since January 1998. Compiled by Jonothan J. Earnshaw, former Editor-in-Chief, BJS

An indirect comparison by Bayesian network meta-analysis of drug-coated devices versus saphenous vein graft bypass in femoropopliteal arterial occlusive disease. J Vasc Surg 2021; 74: 478-486.

Published: 9th December 2021

Authors: Zhang R, Ni L, Zeng R, Lai Z, Di X, Zhao Z et al.


This analysis included 42 RCTs (6 867 procedures) for femoropopliteal arterial occlusive disease. Successful one year revascularisation rates were not significantly different; nor was one year mortality. Drug-coated devices had fewer short term complications: odds ratio 0.14, 95 per cent confidence interval 0.05 to 0.45.

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