Vascular Procedures

  • Leanne Groban
  • Sylvia Y. Dolinski


Anesthesia for vascular surgery is predominantly geriatric anesthesia. Atherosclerosis, the underlying disease process in the patient with peripheral vascular disease, has an insidious onset but typically presents about 10 years after the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Given that persons aged 65 years and older comprise the fastestgrowing segment of the United States population, the prevalence of vascular interventions, including minimally invasive angioplasty, endovascular stents, and open reconstructive procedures, will undoubtedly increase. This chapter focuses on anesthetic management for the geriatric patient undergoing aortic and peripheral vascular surgery. Preoperative preparation is a key feature, because various comorbidities associated with advanced age, such as ischemic heart disease, renal insufficiency, and diabetes are robust predictors of cardiac complications in the vascular patient.1 A brief discussion of postoperative care follows the discussion of surgical procedures.


Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Carotid Endarterectomy Postoperative Delirium Noncardiac Surgery Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leanne Groban
    • 1
  • Sylvia Y. Dolinski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyWake Forest University School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical CareMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA

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