Clinical Practice Guidelines

About Our Guidelines

Society for Vascular Surgery guidelines evaluate the evidence in the scientific literature, assess the likely benefits and harms of a particular treatment, and enable healthcare providers to select the best care for a unique patient based on his or her preferences.

The Society develops clinical practice guidelines to aid its members and their patients in the decision-making process. SVS committees draw upon systematic reviews of the available evidence to inform its key recommendations. Reviews are performed by the Knowledge and Encounter Research (KER) Unit of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn. The methodology used for SVS clinical practice guidelines can be found in the Journal of Vas​​cular Surgery.  


Pocket Guidelines

The SVS has made three of its most recent practice guidelines available as digital pocket guidelines through GuidelineCentral. The guidelines are:

  • Management of Diabetic Foot 
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease 
  • Venous Leg Ulcers 

Follow the link below to access the digital guidelines; printed pocket guides are also available for purchase. Non-members must purchase the guidelines individually, starting at $8.99.

To request your free download links (SVS Members), email your full name to Guidelines@VascularSociety.org for membership verification.

svs members - REQUEST YOUR FREE DOWNLOAD LINK

non-members - purchase the Guidelines


Educational Slide Sets

These slide sets have been developed as a resource for members to incorporate into their own presentations regarding specific guidelines.

Educational Slides for Atherosclerotic Occlusive Disease of the Lower Extremities: Management of Asymptomatic Disease and Claudication [PDF]

Educational Slides for the The Management of Diabetic Foot: A Clinical Practice Guideline by the SVS in Collaboration with the APMA and SVM [PDF]

Educational Slides for SVS-AVF Venous Ulcer Guidelines [PDF]


Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Management of Diabetic Foot: A Clinical Practice Guideline by the Society for Vascular Surgery in Collaboration with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine
J Vasc Surg 2016; special supplement published February 2016

Society for Vascular Surgery Practice Guidelines for Atherosclerotic Occlusive Disease of the Lower Extremities: Management of Asymptomatic Disease and Claudication
J Vasc Surg 2015; published online January 28, 2015

Management of venous leg ulcers: Clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery® and the American Venous Forum
J Vasc Surg 2014; 60: 3S-59S (August 2014 Supplement)

The Society for Vascular Surgery Lower Extremity Threatened Limb Classification System: Risk Stratification Based on Wound, Ischemia, and Foot Infection (WIfI)
J Vasc Surg 2014; 59; 220-234.e2

Early Thrombus Removal Strategies for Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis: Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Amer​ican Venous Forum
J Vasc Surg 2012; 55; 1449-1462

Updated Society for Vascular Surgery guidelines for management of extracranial carotid disease
J Vasc Surg 2011;54:e1-e31 

The care of patients with varicose veins and associated chronic venous diseases: Clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the American Venous Forum
J Vasc Surg 2011;53:2S-48S (May 2011 Supplement)

Endovascular repair of traumatic thoracic aortic injury: Clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery
J Vasc Surg 2011;53:187-92

The Society for Vascular Surgery Practice Guidelines: Management of the left subclavian artery with thoracic endovascular aortic repair
J Vasc Surg 2009; 50:1155-8

The care of patients with an abdominal aortic aneurysm: The Society for Vascular Surgery practice guidelines
J Vasc Surg 2009;50: 2S-49S (October 2009 Supplement)

Management of atherosclerotic carotid artery disease: Clinical practice guidelines of the Society for Vascular Surgery
J Vasc Surg 2008;48:480-6

The Society for Vascular Surgery: Clinical practice guidelines for the surgical placement and maintenance of arteriovenous hemodialysis access
J Vasc Surg 2008;48:2S-25S (November 2008 Supplement)