Quality of life before and after endovascular and open repair of asymptomatic AAAs: a prospective study

Martin Malina, Marie Nilsson, Jan Brunkwall, Krassi Ivancev, Tim Resch, Bengt Lindblad

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PURPOSE: To assess how patients perceive health-related quality of life (HRQOL) after endovascular and open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair. METHODS: Forty-two consecutive patients (33 men; mean age 74 years, range 46-81) were assessed prospectively before and after elective endovascular (n = 21) and open (n = 21) AAA repair. Aneurysm morphology dictated the type of repair. The two patient groups were similar regarding age, gender, comorbidities, and cardiopulmonary function. Data concerning surgical trauma were compiled. The Nottingham Health Profile (NHP) score was used to assess the perceived HRQOL (criteria: pain, mobility, sleep, emotion, energy, and isolation) preoperatively and at 5, 30, and 90 days postoperatively. Specific treatment perception questions were added. RESULTS: One patient from each group died, leaving 40 patients to complete the study. Two patients with open repair and 1 patient with endovascular repair were unfit to answer the questionnaire on day 5. The HRQOL improved at 3 months compared with the preoperative values (p < 0.05). No significant difference was found at any time between the open and endovascular groups regarding the NHP score, although the operative time, blood loss, analgesic use, and hospital stay were significantly in favor of endovascular repair. Reinterventions were required in 5 patients with endovascular and 2 patients with open repair. CONCLUSIONS: In general, 3 months after AAA repair, the perceived HRQOL seems better than before treatment. Perceived HRQOL is similar after endovascular and open AAA repair despite greater surgical trauma in open surgery. This may reflect the higher number of reinterventions following endovascular repair but also difficulties in defining HRQOL.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-379
JournalJournal of Endovascular Therapy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000

Bibliographical note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015.
The record was previously connected to the following departments: Unit for Clinical Vascular Disease Research (013242410), Emergency medicine/Medicine/Surgery (013240200), Medical Radiology Unit (013241410)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems


  • endografting
  • aortomonoiliac
  • Vanguard endograft
  • QOL assessment instruments
  • Nottingham Health Profile questionnaire


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