Direct health costs and clinical outcomes of open surgery in patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm in Spain. The RECAPTA study

Expert Rev Pharmacoecon Outcomes Res . 2018 Aug;18(4):423-433. doi: 10.1080/14737167.2018.1486190. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

Fecha de la publicación: 18/06/2017

Autor: Marta Egea (1), Rafael Fernández-Samos (2), José Antonio Lechón (3), Luis Reparaz (4), María Álvarez (1), Marc Cairols (5)

Palabras clave: Abdominal aorta aneurysm, Cost., Open surgery, RECAPTA; Spain



1 Health Economics & Outcomes Research , Medtronic Ibérica , SA , Spain.

2 Angiology and Vascular Surgery , Hospital de León , Spain.

3 Angiology, Vascular and Endovascular Surgery , Hospital Miguel Servet , Spain.

4 Angiology and Vascular Surgery , Hospital Gregorio Marañón , Spain.

5 Angiology and Vascular Surgery , Hospital Delfos , Spain.


Objective: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a chronic, progressive disease that often requires surgical repair. This study aimed to assess the healthcare costs and clinical outcomes of open AAA repair in Spain.

Method: Observational, retrospective, multicenter study with a one-year follow-up. Healthcare resource use and costs related to the surgical procedure, hospital stay, and follow-up period were assessed.

Results: Ninety patients with asymptomatic AAA who underwent open repair were recruited between 2003 and 2009 at three Spanish hospitals. Four patients (4.44%) died in the first 30 postoperative days. Mean [standard deviation] procedure time was 292.83 [72.10] minutes and mean hospital length of stay was 11.44 days [5.42]. Thirty two patients (35.56%) presented in-hospital complications and three patients (3.45%) underwent re-intervention during follow-up. The mean overall cost per patient during the study period was €21,622.59, of which 42.40% (€9,168.19), 52.08% (€11,261.74), and 5.52% (€1,192.66) corresponded to the surgical procedure, the inpatient stay, and the study follow-up period, respectively.

Conclusions: Given the economic burden imposed by the treatment of patients admitted with AAA on the Spanish health system, additional efforts comparing the cost of open repair with endovascular treatments are needed to ensure greater efficiency.