A network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials comparing treatment modalities for de novo superficial femoral artery occlusive lesions. J Vasc Surg 2017; 65: 234–245.

Published: 2nd August 2017

Authors: Antonopoulos CN, Mylonas SN, Moulakakis KG, Sergentanis TN, Sfyroeras GS, Lazaris AM et al.


Some 33 RCTs were eligible for inclusion. Compared with standard balloon angioplasty, primary patency was significantly improved with drug-eluting stents (odds ratio 10.05, 95 per cent confidence interval 3.22 to 31.39), bypass surgery (7.15, 2.27 to 22.5), covered stent (3.56, 1.33 to 9.53) and nitinol stent (2.83, 1.42 to 5.51).

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