The surgical reconstruction of the proximal subclavian and vertebral artery

J Vasc Surg. 1985 Jul;2(4):634-42.


Endarterectomy, bypass, or direct arterial anastomosis are used to restore flow in a compromised vertebral or subclavian artery. During 20 years of experience in surgical relief of stenosis of the proximal vertebral and subclavian arteries, we now prefer an anastomosis between the involved vertebral or subclavian artery. We have performed 411 such procedures. There has been one death (0.2%), with reoperation necessary in three patients (0.0%). No neurologic morbidity has been associated with this procedure.

MeSH terms

  • Carotid Arteries / surgery
  • Endarterectomy / methods
  • Humans
  • Intracranial Arteriosclerosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Intracranial Arteriosclerosis / surgery
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / diagnostic imaging
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / surgery
  • Methods
  • Radiography
  • Subclavian Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Subclavian Artery / surgery*
  • Vertebral Artery / diagnostic imaging
  • Vertebral Artery / surgery*