Surgical Versus Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair: Evidence to Guide the Optimal Approach for the Individual Patient

Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2016 Dec;18(12):76. doi: 10.1007/s11883-016-0621-2.


The choice between an open surgical and an endovascular approach for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair remains an individualized clinical decision. As the technology and applications of endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) continue to evolve, so does the literature investigating its outcomes. Multiple high-quality, randomized controlled trials comparing EVAR to open surgical repair (OSR) have now been published with long-term follow-up. Experience with ruptured aneurysms and the use of complex endografts is growing as well. This review is an up-to-date compilation of pertinent clinical trials for practitioners placed in the context of individual patient considerations to guide the choice of an optimal approach to the management of AAAs.

Keywords: AAA; EVAR; FEVAR; Inflammatory aneurysm; Juxtrarenal aneurysm; Ruptured aneurysm.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aortic Aneurysm / surgery*
  • Aortic Rupture
  • Endovascular Procedures*
  • Humans
  • Treatment Outcome