Clinical Practice Guidelines

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Enabling healthcare providers to select the best care for a unique individual based on patient preferences.

About the 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.  

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Clinical Practice Guidelines

Varicose Veins, Part I & II

SVS/AVF/AVLS clinical practice guidelines for the management of varicose veins of the lower extremities were published in JVS-VL in October 2022 (Part I) and August 2023 (Part II).


Systematic Review of Varicose Veins

PAD In Patients with Diabetes Mellitus and a Foot Ulcer

IWGDF, ESVS, SVS guidelines on peripheral artery disease in people with diabetes mellitus and a foot ulcer were published in JVS in September 2023.

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Extracranial Cerebrovascular Disease

Clinical practice guidelines for management of extracranial cerebrovascular disease were published by JVS in June 2021. 

Implementation Document

Systematic Review of Carotid

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Popliteal Artery Aneurysms

Clinical practice guidelines on popliteal artery aneurysms were published by JVS in May 2021. 

Systematic Review of Popliteal

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Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia

Clinical practice guidelines on chronic mesenteric ischemia were published by JVS in November 2020. 

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Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)

Clinical practice guidelines for thoracic endovascular aortic repair for thoracic endovascular aortic repair were published in JVS in July 2020.

Systematic Review of TEVAR

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Management of Visceral Aneurysms

Clinical practice guidelines on management of visceral aneurysms were published by JVS in March 2020. 

Systematic Review of Visceral Artery Aneurysms

Editorial on Visceral Artery Aneurysms

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Chronic Limb-threatening Ischemia (CLI)

In June 2019, JVS published a supplement on chronic limb-threatening ischemia, including clinical practice guidelines, supporting systematic reviews and an editorial. 

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Learn about our mobile apps to guide the treatment of and management of CLTI (VQI CLTI Mortality Prediction Model, SVS Threatened Limb Classification [WIfI], and Global Limb Anatomic Staging System [GLASS])

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Compression Therapy after Invasive Treatment of Superficial Veins of the Lower Extremities

Clinical practice guidelines on compression therapy after invasive treatment of superficial veins of the lower extremities were published by JVS-VL in January 2019. 

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Follow-up after Vascular Surgery Arterial Procedures

Clinical Guidelines on follow-up after vascular surgery arterial procedures were published in JVS in July 2018. 

Systematic Review of Duplex Ultrasound Surveillance

Slides about the guidelines

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Hospital Privileges in Vascular Surgery

Clinical guidelines for hospital privileges in vascular surgery were published in JVS in May 2018. 

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Clinical practice guidelines on abdominal aortic aneurysm were published in JVS in January 2018.  Umbrella review on diagnosis and management is embedded in published guideline.

Systematic review of surveillance after endovascular aortic repair

Slides of the AAA guidelines 

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Management of Diabetic Foot

In Feb 2016, JVS published a supplement on management of diabetic foot with clinical practice guidelines developed by SVS in collaboration with the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Society for Vascular Medicine.

Glycemic control for the prevention of diabetic foot syndrome

Tests to predict wound healing

Débridement methods for chronic diabetic foot ulcers

Adjunctive therapies in diabetic foot ulcers

Off-loading methods for diabetic foot ulcers

Review slides

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Atherosclerotic Occlusive Disease of the Lower Extremities

Clinical practice guidelines for the management of asymptomatic atherosclerotic occlusive disease and claudication were published by JVS in March 2015.  

Systematic review for screening asymptomatic patients for PAD

Systematic review of treatment of intermittent claudication in the lower extremities

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Lower Extremity Threatened Limb Classification System (WIfI)

In January 2014, JVS published a classification system for threatened lower limbs including risk stratification based on wound, ischemia, and foot infection.

Global Guidelines for CLI

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Topics in Development

  • Intermittent Claudication
  • Genetically Triggered Aneurysms
  • Blunt Thoracic Aortic Injury 
  • Type B Aortic Dissections
  • Diabetic Foot 
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)

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Translating Guidelines into Practice: Global Vascular Guideline on the Management of Patients with CLTI  Video Series

Translating Guidelines into Practice: Global Vascular Guideline on the Management of Patients with CLTI Video Series

Watch the recordings of the interactive roundtables that were hosted in the fall of 2022. Expert moderators and panelists hosted three virtual roundtables that allowed members of the vascular surgery and other specialties to attend, observe the presentations and ask the moderators and panelists questions. Each roundtable focused on different aspects of incorporating the Global Vascular Guidelines on the Management of Patients with CLTI into daily practice. Access the recordings as well as the pre- and post-assessments to start improving your practice.

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Take the Survey

SVS is seeking to understand how useful the guidelines are in every day practice.  Please help us to understand everyday usage and to improve our guidelines by taking this short survey. 

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SVS Clinical Guidelines App

SVS Practice Guidelines (SVS iPG) App

Download the SVS Clinical Guidelines app for on-the-go access to clinical guidelines in vascular surgery.  You can find it in the Apple app store by searching "SVS iPG" (for Society for Vascular Surgery iPractice Guidelines). 

SVS pocket guidelines

Pocket Guidelines

Many SVS clinical practice guidelines are available as digital pocket guides through GuidelineCentral, including:

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

SVS Members, request your free digital guides by emailing your full name to for membership verification.

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