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Information for readers

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
Communications regarding original articles and editorial management should be addressed to Peter Gloviczki, MD, and Peter F. Lawrence, MD, Editors, Journal of Vascular Surgery, 633 N. St. Clair, 22nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60611; telephone: 603-523-2222; fax: 312-334-2320; e-mail: JVASCSURG@vascularsociety.org. Information for authors appears in the January and July issues, at www.jvascsurg.org, and at jvs.editorialmanager.com. Authors should consult this document before submitting manuscripts to this Journal.

Information for authors

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
Complete information for authors and editorial policies are available in the January and July issues, at our Web site www.jvascsurg.org, or at our Editorial Manager Web site at jvs.editorialmanager.com. An abbreviated checklist for manuscript submission follows. Manuscripts that are accepted for publication become the property of the Journal of Vascular Surgery®, which is copyrighted by the Society for Vascular Surgery®. They may not be published or reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the author(s) and the Journal.

Contents

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Editorial Board

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Sexual Dysfunction After Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Surgical Repair: Current Knowledge and Future Directions

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Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) represents a major health concern and the curative treatment relies on surgical approaches including open and endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). While epidemiological studies have addressed the major outcomes including mortality and life threatening complications, the impact of surgical intervention on sexual function has been less well described. The aim of this review was to summarise current knowledge on the occurrence of sexual dysfunction in the context of AAA surgical repair and to explore whether surgical techniques could have differential impact.

Surgical and Endovascular Intervention for Dialysis Access Maturation Failure During and After Arteriovenous Fistula Surgery: Review of the Evidence

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
Maturation failure is the major obstacle to establishing functional arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) for haemodialysis treatment. Various endovascular and surgical techniques have been advocated to enhance fistula maturation and to increase the number of functional AVFs. This narrative review considers the available evidence of interventional techniques for treatment of AVF non-maturation.

The Safety of Device Registries for Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: Systematic Review and Meta-regression

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
New and re-designed stent grafts for endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) are released regularly. Manufacturers use data from registries to assess stent graft performance, but little is known about the ability of such registries to detect rates of clinically relevant complications. The aim of this paper was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine pooled failure rates for EVAR stent grafts, to define an acceptable non-inferiority limit for these devices, and then to calculate the number of patients needed for a new device to achieve non-inferiority against published devices.

A Propensity Matched Comparison for Open and Endovascular Treatment of Post-carotid Endarterectomy Restenosis

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To compare results of open and endovascular management of post-carotid endarterectomy (CEA) restenosis.

High Annual Hospital Volume is Associated with Decreased in Hospital Mortality and Complication Rates Following Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: Secondary Data Analysis of the Nationwide German DRG Statistics from 2005 to 2013

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
The aim of this study was to analyse the association between annual hospital procedural volume and post-operative outcomes following repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) in Germany.

Late Open Surgical Conversion after Endovascular Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

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Late open surgical conversion following endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) may occur more frequently after performing EVAR in anatomy outside the instructions for use (IFU). This study reviews predictors and outcomes of late open surgical conversion for failed EVAR.

Reply

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We thank Dr Kouchoukos for his reply to our article, “A 10-year institutional experience with open branched graft reconstruction of aortic aneurysms in connective tissue disorders versus degenerative disease.”1 We congratulate him for his excellent results with open branched graft reconstruction of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs).2

Regarding “A 10-year institutional experience with open branched graft reconstruction of aortic aneurysms in connective tissue disorders versus degenerative disease”

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
In a recent publication in the Journal, Hicks and colleagues reported their experience with open branched graft reconstruction of the visceral and renal arteries of patients with connective tissue disorders (CTDs) and degenerative disease undergoing repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms.1 They stated that “the outcomes of open branched graft reconstruction of aneurysms for patients with CTD vs non-CTD aneurysms [are] unknown” and that “the utility of this approach in the long-term and among patients with aneurysms of degenerative origin is unknown.”

Reply

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We greatly appreciate Ms Barbey's interest in our paper and acknowledge the inherent limitations of retrospective registry-based studies. As for the design of the registry, only data for patients undergoing abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair are available. Consequently, information on patients not surviving their rupture or on surviving patients who were not considered eligible for repair is missing. Although we acknowledge that this may influence the AAA diameter-at-rupture distribution (namely, larger diameters could carry a greater risk for fatal bleeding), we do not have indications for significant sex-specific influences on such a phenomenon as would be required to have an impact on our conclusions.

Regarding “A registry-based rationale for discrete intervention thresholds for open and endovascular elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair in female patients”

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
I read with great interest the article recently published by Tomee et al.1 This retrospective registry review proposes a female-specific abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair threshold, citing the lack of an evidence-based threshold for intervention in women. The proposed female threshold was established by determining the AAA diameter in women that represents the same percentage of rupture compared with the male-specific threshold of 5.5 cm. The use of a mandatory national aneurysm registry strengthens this study by accounting for a variety of institutions and practices.

Quality Payment Program year 2

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
The Quality Payment Program (QPP), established by the Medicare Access and Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), is a pay-for-performance program for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists who bill Medicare. There are two options for participation that are designed to reward value and outcomes: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

Level of clinical evidence presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery Annual Meeting during a 5-year period (2012-2016)

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During the past decades, there has been an increasing emphasis on the use of high-quality evidence to inform clinical decision-making. The purpose of our study was to assess trends in the level of evidence (LOE) of abstracts presented at the Vascular Annual Meeting from 2012 to 2016.

Regarding “Updated Society for Vascular Surgery guidelines for management of extracranial carotid disease”

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
Dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after carotid artery stenting (CAS) is widely recommended in the scientific literature. The current guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery suggest that DAPT should be performed perioperatively using aspirin and an adenosine diphosphate receptor P2Y12 blocker (either ticlopidine or clopidogrel).1 Usually, clopidogrel is preferred to ticlopidine for better tolerability and lower incidence of side effects.2

Invited commentary

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
Computational studies of carotid artery hemodynamics have been performed for almost three decades. We now know that the localized arterial dilation found exclusively in the carotid bulb produces disturbed flow patterns with low and oscillatory shear stress that can alter endothelial function and activate atherogenic cellular phenotypes. Intensified by the deleterious effects of systemic risk factors and high intramural stresses and strains, these hemodynamic conditions can stimulate arterial wall stiffening and thickening that can further perturb normal physiology.

Invited commentary

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
Surgical repair of postdissection aneurysms is undoubtedly one of the biggest surgical challenges anybody can take on. Historically, treatment for this specific subgroup of aneurysm patients has consisted of open surgical repair. Whereas endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) has become the primary treatment option for simple infrarenal or descending thoracic aneurysms and a viable option for more complex aneurysms involving the visceral segment of the aorta or the aortic arch, the use of EVAR in the setting of aortic dissection has been questionable.

Vascular Surgery: Principles and Practice, 4th ed

February 28, 2018 - 23:00
The origin of vascular surgery arose from the giants of the 20th century constantly pushing the field forward. The first edition of Vascular Surgery: Principles and Practice, edited by Henry Haimovici, became a masterpiece of current practice when it was published in 1987. With this, the fourth edition, the editors have attempted to blend the best of well-established principles with the explosion of information available to us in current practice into one easy-to-digest book that, it is hoped, will stand the test of time.