Doppler techniques for intraoperative arterial assessment

  • R. Eugene Zierler
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 96)


The results of arterial reconstructive surgery are determined by patient selection and operative technique. Although technical errors are uncommon, they are often responsible for perioperative complications such as occlusion of bypass grafts and stroke after carotid endarterectomy [1–3]. Avoiding these problems requires that the technical result be assessed at the conclusion of the procedure. Simple observation and palpation of the vessels are not adequate, since defects within the lumen rarely affect the external surface and a transmitted pulse may be present in an occluded artery. Therefore, objective methods must be used to assess the surgical result and facilitate immediate correction of technical errors.


Carotid Endarterectomy Doppler Signal Technical Error Doppler Method Saphenous Vein Bypass Graft 
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