Book Review| Volume 44, ISSUE 1, P109, July 2012

Complications in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. How to Avoid Them and How to Get Out of Trouble

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      What would I expect from a book about complications in vascular surgery? I would look forward to reading about early and late complications, about both intraoperative management and decision making when facing complications outside the operating room, about well-known procedure complications and rare honest blunders. This book includes all of the above.
      The book is divided in two parts: “The general complications of vascular and endovascular surgery” (15 chapters describing cardiorespiratory, renal, neurological, diabetic, thrombotic, ischaemic, drug-related and stent-related complications) and “Complications related to specific vascular and endovascular procedures” (12 chapters including aortic aneurysms, carotid interventions, lower limb revascularization, thoracic outlet syndrome, varicose veins, vascular malformations, amputations, diabetic foot and vascular access). Each chapter is about 10 pages long, long enough to be fairly complete yet concise enough to be appealing. Despite the large number of authors contributing to the book, there is little overlap of information. Most chapters include a case report exposing a specific complication and its management, which I find attractive. I think the second part is better than the first, more focused, practical and applicable. I missed few issues like intraoperative iliac jams during endovascular AAA repair, or a more practical exposition of specific complications of the diabetic foot. I would also have enjoyed more images and figures, although those included are altogether good.
      The book is easy and quick to read and reread and offers useful advice. Vascular trainees and junior surgeons will enjoy and profit from going through it. I would certainly recommend its inclusion in every teaching Vascular Unit. Senior consultants can also find useful advice on unusual complications. Everyone of us might be familiar with complications we have encountered in our practice but we can be surprised and challenged by others we have never had to face.


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