BACKGROUND: Few long-time follow-up studies describe all complications, treatment outcome of complications, and mortality in relation to endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the incidence and treatment outcome including mortality of radiological visible complications related to the EVAR procedure at a single center with up to 10 years' surveillance.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients treated with EVAR from March 2006 to March 2016 at a Danish university hospital, 421 in total, were included. Patient and aneurysm characteristics, follow-up, and secondary intervention data were collected from a national database and medical records. Follow-up computed tomography angiography and plain abdominal X-ray reports were reviewed for complications. Scans and X-rays with suspected complications were evaluated by an interventional radiologist.
RESULTS: A total of 172 complications in 147 patients, mainly in the beginning of the follow-up period, were found; 35% had a least one complication. The main part of complications (62%) was type II endoleaks, followed by stent graft stenosis (11%), type I endoleaks (9%), and stent graft occlusion (7%). A total of 66 (38%) complications, observed in 55 patients, were treated with reintervention, of which 77% were treated with endovascular procedures and 23% with surgical treatment, that is, 13% of all studied patients had a complication that required a reintervention. The remaining 2 of the 3 complications were treated conservatively. We found no increased all-cause mortality in connection with having a complication including those requiring reintervention.
CONCLUSION: We presented a 10-year single-center study of EVAR. Many patients treated with EVAR had a radiological visible complication, mainly in the beginning of the follow-up period. Only a smaller fraction required reintervention and having a reintervention-requiring complication was not connected to increased mortality.