The history of the recognition and surgical treatment of lower limb ischemia dates back to the Middle Ages. The twin Saints Comas and Damian were ascribed to have saved a gangrenous limb in the 13th century and became patrons of future surgeons. The physicians that followed developed the theories of blood flow, anatomy of the arterial circulation, and recognition that occlusive disease was the cause of limb ischemia and gangrene. Innovative physicians developed the techniques of arterial surgery and bypass grafting to restore limb blood flow and allow healing of lesions. In the 1960s, the era of endovascular intervention by the pioneering work of Charles Dotter, who developed techniques to image diseased arteries during a recanalization procedure. The development of guide wires, angioplasty balloons, and stents quickly followed. Management of lower limb ischemia and the diabetic foot will continue to evolve, building on the history and passion of preceding physicians and surgeons.

History of the diagnosis and treatment of critical limb ischemia and diabetic foot

Argenteri, Angelo;Marone, Enrico Maria;
2018-01-01

Abstract

The history of the recognition and surgical treatment of lower limb ischemia dates back to the Middle Ages. The twin Saints Comas and Damian were ascribed to have saved a gangrenous limb in the 13th century and became patrons of future surgeons. The physicians that followed developed the theories of blood flow, anatomy of the arterial circulation, and recognition that occlusive disease was the cause of limb ischemia and gangrene. Innovative physicians developed the techniques of arterial surgery and bypass grafting to restore limb blood flow and allow healing of lesions. In the 1960s, the era of endovascular intervention by the pioneering work of Charles Dotter, who developed techniques to image diseased arteries during a recanalization procedure. The development of guide wires, angioplasty balloons, and stents quickly followed. Management of lower limb ischemia and the diabetic foot will continue to evolve, building on the history and passion of preceding physicians and surgeons.
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