The impact of training in unselected patients on mortality and morbidity in carotid endarterectomy in a vascular training center and the recommendations of the European Board of Surgery Qualification in Vascular Surgery

A. Rijbroek*, W. Wisselink, J. A. Rauwerda

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Purpose: To investigate the impact of training of vascular fellows on the results of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in unselected patients and to evaluate the recommendations of the European Board of Surgery Qualification in Vascular Surgery (EBSQ-VASC) concerning CEA. Methods: Complication rates and selection criteria of all CEAs, performed between 1995 and 2000 (n=200) were retrospectively analysed and correlated to operating surgeon; supervised, nonsupervised vascular trainees, and consultant vascular surgeons. The number of CEAs were compared with the required minimal procedures according to the EBSQ-VASC. Results: Selection criteria for CEA did not differ significantly between operating surgeon groups, except that combined procedures were more performed by nonsupervised trainees and asymptomatic stenosis by consultant surgeons. The overall persistent disabling stroke rate and stroke-related mortality was 3%, with 4.3% in the supervised group, 0% in the unsupervised, and 2.8% in the consultant surgeon group, respectively. The amount of CEAs corresponded to the demands of the EBSQ-VASC. Conclusions: In our institution, no significant differences in neurological morbidity and mortality following CEA could be demonstrated in relation to surgeon training level. The number of CEAs performed by residents fulfil the criteria of the EBSQ-VASC. We conclude that CEA can be safely taught to vascular trainees in unselected patients in a vascular training centre.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-261
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2003

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