What is the difference in mortality rates between elective and emergency repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Saum A Rahimi, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Vincent Lopez Rowe, MD  more...
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In 1988, 40,000 surgical reconstructions for AAA were performed in the United States, and substantial mortality differences between elective and emergency operations were noted. Because the mortality associated with elective aneurysm repair is drastically lower than that associated with repair of a ruptured AAA, the emphasis must be on early detection and repair free from complications.

In 2014, Ambler et al, in association with the Audit and Quality Improvement Committee of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland, used data collected during a 15-month period in the United Kingdom National Vascular Database to develop a model for assessing the risk of in-hospital mortality after AAA repair. [11]

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