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.

Guidelines in Translation

Spanish-language translation is now available for the SVS AAA guidelines
(Upon opening link, please answer a few questions to help SVS evaluate this pilot program. Download link will appear once you click "Submit".)

Current Guidelines & Implementation Tools

Current SVS Clinical Practice Guidelines are listed below. The SVS Guidelines for Hospital Privileges can be found in the Credentialing Resources section of the website. SVS also participates in multispecialty consensus documents and guidelines intitiated by other organizations.

Published GuidelineSupporting Systematic Reviews & Meta-Analyses
Global Vascular Guidelines (TM) 

Chronic Limb-threatening Ischemia

J Vasc Surg 2019;69(6 Suppl)

About the GVG collaboration

Can these guidelines be used in practice? User survey

Follow-up after vascular surgery arterial procedures

J Vasc Surg 2018;68:1

Can these guidelines be used in practice? User survey


abdominal aortic aneurysm

J Vasc Surg 2018;67:2-77

Guidelines in Translation:
Spanish (Español)


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 


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

J Vasc Surg 2015


Management of venous leg ulcers

J Vasc Surg 2014;60:3S-59S (August 2014 Supplement)

In Collaboration with 

American Venous Forum 


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

J Vasc Surg 2012;55:1449-1462

In Collaboration with 

American Venous Forum 

Update: management of extracranial carotid disease

J Vasc Surg 2011;54:e1-e31 

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

J Vasc Surg 2011;53:2S-48S (May 2011 Supplement)

In Collaboration with 

American Venous Forum 

Endovascular repair of traumatic thoracic aortic injury

J Vasc Surg 2011;53:187-92

Management of the left subclavian artery with thoracic endovascular aortic repair

J Vasc Surg 2009;50:1155-8

Surgical placement and maintenance of arteriovenous hemodialysis access

J Vasc Surg 2008;48:2S-25S (November 2008 Supplement)


Topics in Development

  • Carotid Artery/Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia
  • Endovascular Repair of Complex Aortic Aneurysms Involving the Paravisceral Aorta
  • Popliteal Artery Aneurysms
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (TEVAR) for Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms
  • Visceral Artery Aneurysms

Archived Guidelines 

Management of atherosclerotic carotid artery diseasE (2008)
Replaced by: Updated Society for Vascular Surgery guidelines for management of extracranial carotid disease (2011)


Pocket Guidelines

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

  • Follow-up After Vascular Surgery Arterial Procedures
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • 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 link to digital guides (SVS Members), email your full name to for membership verification.

svs members - REQUEST YOUR FREE Digital Guidelines LINK

purchase Print Pocket Guides