Several recent studies have evaluated the cost associated with open and endovascular repair techniques. The average cost for an open AAA repair is $12,000, whereas the average cost for an endovascular repair is $21,000. Although the endovascular approach decreases those expenses related to ICU admissions and length of hospital stay, the overall cost is greater because of the price of the endograft itself, approx $10,000. Furthermore, because there is a new complication of endoleak in some cases of endovascular repair, periodic CT scanning and additional secondary procedures drive up the long-term care costs (7).

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