European Radiology

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 1316–1322 | Cite as

Superficial femoral artery: current treatment options

  • Gunnar TepeEmail author
  • Jörg Schmehl
  • Stephan Heller
  • Benjamin Wiesinger
  • Claus D. Claussen
  • Stephan H. Duda


Treatment of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) has been among the least effective of all endovascular procedures in terms of long-term patency. The relatively small vessel lumen, in conjunction with a high plaque burden, slow flow, and a high frequency of primary occlusions, contributes to a considerable rate of acute technical failures. Because of these technical limitations a much effort has been made during the past years. This manuscript should summarize the hopes and limitations of different approaches such as brachytherapy, cutting balloons, stents and stent grafts, drug-eluting stents, and drug-coated balloons.


Peripheral artery Restenosis Stent Balloon angioplasty Intervention 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunnar Tepe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jörg Schmehl
    • 1
  • Stephan Heller
    • 1
  • Benjamin Wiesinger
    • 1
  • Claus D. Claussen
    • 1
  • Stephan H. Duda
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyUniversity of TuebingenTuebingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic and International RadiologyThe Jewish HospitalBerlinGermany

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