The Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery’s 49th annual symposium was held March 19 – 23 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, NV. Data from BMC2 was shared via two poster presentations. “Impact of Marijuana Use on Vascular Surgery Outcomes” was presented by Dr. Drew J. Braet. The study looked at more than 82,000 patients and found that those who used marijuana had increased opioid use after discharge, decreased graft patency, and increased amputation. While future studies are needed, this data can be used to counsel patients undergoing vascular surgery.
Dr. Abdul Kader Natour presented “Utilization of Preoperative Vein Mapping in Patients Undergoing Infra-inguinal Bypass is Associated with Increased Use of Venous Conduits.” The study found that most patients do not have preoperative vein mapping before their infra-inguinal bypass. However, those that did are more than twice as likely to have a venous conduit used for their bypass. Preoperative vein mapping may be a marker for physicians who are interested in best practices for infra-inguinal bypass.