In this issue of JAMA Surgery, a study by Brooke et al1 using Medicare claims found that recommended postprocedure surveillance imaging studies were performed at a surprisingly low frequency during the 6-year study period. Only 50% to 53% of patients undergoing an endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, 52% to 58% of those undergoing a lower extremity bypass or peripheral vascular interventions, and 74% to 78% of those undergoing a carotid endarterectomy or carotid artery stenting underwent recommended postprocedure surveillance imaging. Hospitals that were part of the Vascular Quality Initiative did not see a greater frequency of postprocedure surveillance imaging compared with control hospitals that were not part of the Vascular Quality Initiative.
Freischlag JA. Low Rates of Surveillance Imaging After Vascular Surgery ProceduresShould We Ask the Patient?. JAMA Surg. Published online October 11, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.3933