Transfemoral Fogarty balloon catheter embolectomy in embolic occlusion of the left external iliac artery—Vascular Surgery - vascular surgery
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Accessing the left groin
Make a longitudinal skin incision in the left groin around 1 cm lateral to the palpable pulsation of the femoral artery. Divide the subcutaneous tissue step by step and expose the femoral fascia, which is then incised longitudinally over the superficial femoral artery.
Spare the lymphatics on the medial aspect.
Exposing the superficial femoral artery
Exposing the common femoral artery
Exposing the deep femoral artery
Free the deep femoral artery and encircle it with a vessel loop.
The deep femoral artery gives off 3 branches, including the medial circumflex femoral artery, which should be included when encircling the deep femoral artery. If there is a greater distance from the deep femoral artery, the medial circumflex femoral artery must be exposed separately and clamped with a bulldog clamp.
Suturing the arteriotomy