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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

Network meta-analysis of drug-coated balloon angioplasty versus primary nitinol stenting for femoropopliteal atherosclerotic disease. J Vasc Surg 2021; 73: 1802-1810.

Published: 24th November 2021

Authors: Abdoli S, Mert M, Lee WM, Ochoa CJ, Katz SG


This analysis included 18 trials. Both stenting and drug-coated balloon angioplasty (DCB) had reduced rates of restenosis up to 24 months compared to balloon angioplasty alone. DCB angioplasty had the lowest rate of restenosis and need for target lesion revascularisation at twelve months.

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