Characterizing the evolution of perioperative outcomes and costs of endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair Presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the New England Society for Vascular Surgery and Eastern Vascular Society, Boston, Mass, September 11-14, 2014.
Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal
Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation
From 2000-2011, the perioperative outcomes of EVAR improved significantly despite a higher prevalence of comorbidities among patients undergoing repair. Concurrently, procedure-associated costs declined. Advanced technology is often implicated in escalating healthcare spending, and the value of novel techniques is often questioned. These findings highlight that, in the case of EVAR, procedural outcomes have improved while the initial costs of repair have declined over time. EVAR offers an interesting example for stakeholders to consider in the era of cost-containment pressures and criticism of nascent, expensive technology in healthcare.