Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in obese patients: Improved outcome after endovascular treatment compared with open surgery

Frederik H.W. Jonker, Felix J.V. Schlösser, Michael Dewan, Matthew Huddle, Michael Sergi, Jeffrey E. Indes, Alan Dardik, Bart E. Muhs

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Abstract

Purpose: To investigate outcomes in obese patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) treated with elective open or endovascular repair (EVAR). Study Design: We compared the outcomes of obese patients with AAA treated with elective open repair and EVAR. Obesity was defined as a body mass index (BMI) ≥30 kg/m2. Results: A total of 56 patients with a BMI ≥30 kg/m2 were identified for analysis (mean age 70 ± 8 years; mean BMI 34 ± 4 kg/m2, and 95% [n = 53] were male). Open surgery was performed in 55% (n = 31). The in-hospital complication rate (including nonsurvivors) was significantly increased after open repair compared with EVAR (26% vs 4%, P =.033). Mortality did not differ significantly during 3 years of follow-up (P =.816). Length of stay, intensive care unit (ICU) stay, and need for ventilation were significantly increased after open surgery compared with EVAR. Conclusions: We observed improved short-term outcomes among obese AAA patients after EVAR compared to open repair. Endovascular repair may be preferable in obese patients with AAA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-109
Number of pages5
JournalVascular and Endovascular Surgery
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Endovascular repair
  • Obesity
  • Open surgery
  • Outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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