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Patient and hospital benefits of local anaesthesia for carotid endarterectomy.
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PMID:  11461096     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: this study reviews and compares carotid endarterectomy (CEA) performed under local anaesthesia (LA) with CEA performed under general anaesthesia (GA) in a single institution. METHODS: data were collected prospectively from 240 CEA procedures. 140 GA CEA procedures are compared to 100 LA CEA procedures in terms of outcome, operative techniques, complications, and length of stay. RESULTS: the groups were similar for age, gender distribution and preoperative risk factors. There were more asymptomatic patients in the LA group. There were no significant differences in death, stroke or death/stroke rate between the two techniques. LA CEA was associated with lower shunt rate (LA 13%, GA 50%, p < 0.001), lower incidence of intraoperative hypotension (LA 8%, GA 40%, p < 0.001), decreased hospital stay (median (IQ); LA 2 (1-2), GA 3 (1-4), and a cost saving of pound235 per CEA procedure. CONCLUSIONS: carotid endarterectomy can be performed safely under local anaesthesia with the advantage that LA CEA enables the surgeon to monitor and selectively shunt patients more accurately. In addition LA CEA is associated with a shorter hospital stay and important cost savings.
R J McCarthy; R Walker; P McAteer; J S Budd; M Horrocks
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1078-5884     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-19     Completed Date:  2001-08-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9512728     Medline TA:  Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Limited.
The Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Anesthesia, Local*
Endarterectomy, Carotid / methods*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies

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