This meeting, consisting of an audience of 450 vascular surgeons and a panel composed of surgeons interested in defining the place of angioplasty as well as an angiographer who is expert in the procedure, allowed an unusual opportunity for exchange of information.
The question period began with a question from the moderator, John J. Bergan, MD, of Chicago:
Dr Dagher, have you had experience in dilation of the aorta as an adjunct to surgery?
Fuad J. Dagher, MD, Baltimore: No, we have not dilated the aorta.
Dr Bergan: Dr Neiman, will you mention the experience that you have had in this regard?
Harvey L. Neiman, MD, Chicago: We have now dilated two lower abdominal aortas. These were both in men in their early 40s. The surgeons wished to avoid aortobifemoral bypass in these cases because of the possibility of alteration in sexual function. In both of these cases, we put