Late open conversions after endovascular abdominal aneurysm repair in an urgent setting

Paolo Perini, Mauro Gargiulo, Roberto Silingardi, Elio Piccinini, Patrizio Capelli, Antonio Fontana, Mattia Migliari, Giancarlo Masi, Matteo Scabini, Nicola Tusini, Gian Luca Faggioli, Antonio Freyrie

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Objectives: We report a multicenter experience of urgent late open conversion (LOC), with the goal of identifying the mode of presentation, technical aspects, and outcomes of this cohort of patients. Methods: A retrospective analysis of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) requiring LOC (>30 days after implantation) from 1996 to 2016 in six vascular centers was performed. Patients with aneurysm rupture or other conditions requiring urgent surgery (<24 hours) were included. Patient demographics, time interval between EVAR and LOC, endograft characteristics, previous attempts at endovascular correction, indications, operative technique, 30-day mortality and morbidity, and long-term survival were analyzed. Results: There were 42 patients (88.1% men; mean age, 75.8 ± 9.0 years) included. Among the 42 explanted grafts, 33 were bifurcated, 1 tube, 6 aortouni-iliac, and 2 side-branch devices. Suprarenal fixation was present in 78.6%. Twelve patients (28.6%) underwent endovascular reintervention before LOC. Indications for urgent LOC were aneurysm rupture in 24 of the 42 cases (57.1%), endograft infection in 11 (26.2%), endoleak associated with aneurysm growth and pain in 6 (14.3%), and recurrent endograft thrombosis in 2 (4.8%). The proximal aortic cross-clamping site was infrarenal in 38.1% of cases, suprarenal in 19.1%, and supraceliac in 42.9%. Complete removal of the endograft was performed in 32 patients (76.2%) and partial removal in 10 (proximal preservation in 7 of 10). Reconstructions were performed with Dacron grafts in 33 of the 42 cases, cryopreserved arterial allografts in 5, and endograft removal associated with prosthetic axillobifemoral bypass in 4. The 30-day mortality was 23.8%; hemorrhagic shock was an independent risk factor of early mortality (odds ratio, 10.5; 95% confidence interval, 1.5-73.7; P = .018). During a mean follow-up of 23.9 ± 36.0 months, two late aneurysm-related deaths occurred. The estimated 1- and 5-year survival rates were 62.1% and 46.1%, respectively. Conclusions: Urgent LOC after EVAR are associated with high postoperative mortality rates and poor long-term survival. Further studies are necessary to define the timing and the best treatment option for failing EVAR.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Endovascular repair
  • EVAR explantation
  • Failed EVAR
  • Open surgical conversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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