Clinical Practice Guidelines

About Our Guidelines

Society for Vascular Surgery clinical practice 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 guidelines to aid its members and their patients in the decision-making process. SVS guideline writing groups draw upon systematic reviews of the available evidence to inform key recommendations. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are performed by the Mayo Clinic Evidence-based Practice Center, in Rochester, Minnesota. The methodology used for SVS clinical practice guidelines has been published in the Journal of Vas​​cular Surgery.  

SVS members are invited to propose guideline topics, using the request form.

New Guidelines & Reporting Standards

Please click here to view the January 2021 JVS supplement which includes Clinical Practice Guidelines and Reporting Standards.

Pocket Guidelines

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

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia
  • Follow-up After Vascular Surgery Arterial Procedures
  • Management of Diabetic Foot 
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease 
  • Type B Aortic Dissections
  • Venous Leg Ulcers 
  • Visceral

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 $9.95.

For quick access, you can view the “flipbook” versions of each SVS pocket guideline here: http://eguideline.guidelinecentral.com/svs-guidelines-bundle

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

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Current Guidelines & Implementation Tools

The SVS introduces the following three new mobile apps to guide surgeons in the treatment and management of Chronic Limb-Threatening Ischemia (CLTI):

  • VQI CLTI Mortality Prediction Model
  • SVS Threatened Limb Classification [WIfI]
  • Global Limb Anatomic Staging System [GLASS] 

Check out the new addition to the New Apps

 

Published GuidelineSupporting Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses

EXTRACRANIAL CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASE  

J Vasc Surg 2021.04.073

EXTRACRANIAL CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASE IMPLEMENTATION DOCUMENT 

Can these guidelines be used in practice? User survey

Popliteal Artery Aneurysms  

J Vasc Surg 2021.04.040

Can these guidelines be used in practice? User survey

CHRONIC mESENTRIC iSCHEMIA (CMI) 

J Vasc Surg 2020.10.029

Can these guidelines be used in practice? User survey

 

thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (tevar)

J Vasc Surg 2020.05.076

Can these guidelines be used in practice? User survey

management of visCeral artery aneurysms

J Vasc Surg 2020.01.039

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Global Vascular Guidelines 

Chronic Limb-threatening Ischemia

J Vasc Surg 2019;69(6 Suppl)

New apps - translating guidelines in practice 

 

Listen to the expert - App use in daily practice 
 

Guidelines in Translation:
Russian (русский)

 

 

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Compression therapy after invasive treatment of superficial veins of the lower extremities

J Vasc Surg; January 2019

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Follow-up after vascular surgery arterial procedures

J Vasc Surg 2018;68:1

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Slides

Hospital Privileges in Vascular Surgery

J Vasc Surg 2018;67:1337-1344

 

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abdominal aortic aneurysm

J Vasc Surg 2018;67:2-77

Guidelines in Translation:
Spanish (Español)

 

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Can these guidelines be used in practice? User survey

Slides

Management of Patients with Lower Extremity Peripheral Artery Disease 

J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016;():. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2016.11.007​

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Can these guidelines be used in practice? User survey

 

Management of Diabetic Foot

J Vasc Surg 2016 (February 2016 supplement)

In Collaboration with 

American Podiatric Medical Association & Society for Vascular Medicine 

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Slides

Atherosclerotic Occlusive Disease of the Lower Extremities: Management of Asymptomatic Disease and Claudication

J Vasc Surg 2015

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Slides

Lower Extremity Threatented Limb classification: risk stratification based on wound, ischemia, and foot infection (wifi)

J Vasc Surg 2014

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Topics in Development

  • Carotid Artery/Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Popliteal Artery Aneurysms
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
  • Varicose Veins

Archived Guidelines

Management of venous leg ulcers (2014)

Early Thrombus Removal Strategies for Acute Deep Venous Thrombosis (2012)

Update: management of extracranial carotid disease (2011)

The care of patients with varicose veins and associated chronic venous diseases (2011)

Endovascular repair of traumatic thoracic aortic injury (2011)

Management of the left subclavian artery with thoracic endovascular aortic repair (2009)

Surgical placement and maintenance of arteriovenous hemodialysis access (2008)

Management of atherosclerotic carotid artery disease (2008)