Society for Vascular Surgery Issues New Guidelines

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has published new practice guidelines for follow-up on various open and endovascular arterial procedures.

A total of 24 guidelines were issued. Of these, 16 were strong recommendations, and the remaining 8 were weak suggestions of the writing committee.

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Prior to publication, the new guidelines were thoroughly reviewed and endorsed by the SVS Document Oversight Committee after a period of public comments.

In their statement, the SVS recommends the following:

  • Baseline duplex ultrasound should be performed within 3 months after carotid intervention, followed by every 6 months for 2 years and once per year thereafter until deemed stable.
  • Following endovascular aortic repair, contrast-enhanced computer tomographic scanning should be performed at 1 and 12 months. More frequent imaging should be considered if an endoleak or other abnormality is detected at 1 month.
    • Duplex ultrasound should be performed at 12-month intervals if no endoleak or sac enlargement was detected during the first year after the procedure.

The guideline also addresses follow-up after thoracic, aortoiliac, infrainguinal, mesenteric, and renal reconstructions.

To view the full recommendation statement, click here.

—Christina Vogt


Lawrence PF, Gloviczki P. The Society for Vascular Surgery practice guidelines on follow-up after vascular surgery arterial procedures. J Vasc Surg. 2018;68(1):1.