Type of Anesthesia for Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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Objective: Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is increasingly used in the management of patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), including in the emergency setting for ruptured AAA. The lower mortality amongst patients undergoing emergency EVAR under local anesthesia (LA) observed in the IMPROVE trial has sparked renewed interest in the anesthesia choice for EVAR. This systematic review evaluates the effect of mode of anesthesia on outcomes after EVAR.

Design: The review was conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines. The primary outcome was in-hospital/30-day mortality and both emergency and elective EVAR were included. The relative risk of death was estimated for each individual study without adjustment for potential confounding factors.

Setting: Hospitals.

A total of 39,744 patients from 22 non-randomized studies were included in the analysis.

Interventions: None

Measurements and Main Results:
Sixteen studies in 23,202 patients compared LA to GA and reported in-hospital/30-day mortality. The unadjusted risk of death after emergency EVAR with LA was lower than with GA. Trends in elective surgery were less clear.

There is some evidence across both emergency and elective settings to suggest that mode of anesthesia may be associated with improved outcomes. In particular, LA appears to have a positive effect on outcome after emergency EVAR. Due to the lack of randomized trial data, a significant risk of confounding remains. The optimal mode of anesthesia for EVAR should be further investigated and the reasons why particular anesthesia techniques are chosen for particular patients identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-471
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number2
Early online date15 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

Structured keywords

  • BTC (Bristol Trials Centre)
  • Centre for Surgical Research


  • anesthesia type
  • endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • general anesthesia
  • local anesthesia


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