In recent years laparoscopic techniques have been adapted for application in vascular surgery. Since 1993 several authors have published preliminary results of complete or videoscopic-assisted reconstructions of the abdominal aorta. The aim of this retrospective study was to report our initial results with the retroperitoneal videoscopic-assisted technique of aorto-bifemoral grafting (AFG) in ten patients (age 45-71). In one case, conversion into classic reconstruction was necessary because the aorta was to heavily calcified. The duration of the procedures varied between 230 and 390 minutes. The length of the incision ranged between 6 and 9 cm. The hospital stay varied between 5 and 13 days. One patient developed gout, and a left sided, temporary ureteral stent was necessary in another because of hydronephrosis. It is confirmed that video-assisted AFG is feasible. However, whether this technique is truely less invasive, will have to be demonstrated by randomized, prospective studies, once the equipment and instruments have sufficiently been developed and a technique of choice finalized.