Current Trauma Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 146–153 | Cite as

Damage Control Vascular Surgery

  • Anna RomagnoliEmail author
  • Joseph DuBose
  • Megan Brenner
Vascular Surgery (C Cribari, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Vascular Trauma


Purpose of Review

Exsanguination is one of the most fearsome sequelae of trauma and is responsible for a large portion of both civilian and military mortality. The concept of damage control surgery is a critical development in the field of trauma largely driven by the growing understanding that coagulopathy and physiologic derangements are the primary cause of death in critically ill trauma patients. Damage control vascular surgery focuses on the rapid temporization of vascular injuries.

Recent Findings

Balloon occlusion can be utilized for rapid hemorrhage control (REBOA, foley catheter, retrohepatic caval balloon, etc.). In the setting of damage control, most veins can and should be ligated. Consideration of shunting should be made regarding the suprarenal inferior vena cava, the portal vein, and the superior mesenteric vein. The named arteries should be shunted and repaired when possible; however, redundant arterial beds can be safely ligated. Vessels of all sizes can be safely shunted with commercially available or improvised devices. Systemic heparinization is not necessary to maintain patency. More recently, the concept of using endovascular stents as long-term shunts has gained attention. These can be deployed traditionally under angiographic guidance or using the novel direct site endovascular repair (DSER) technique.


The rapidly evolving field of endovascular trauma management has afforded a host of new management strategies for the physiologically deranged critically ill trauma patient.


Trauma Damage control Vascular surgery Endovascular REBOA Direct site endovascular repair 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Dr. Romagnoli has nothing to disclose. Dr. DuBose has nothing to disclose. Dr. Brenner’s institution received a Department of Defense grant which ended in 2017. Dr. Brenner is a member of the clinical advisory board at Prytime Medical and receives stock options. She has nothing further to disclose.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, Department of Trauma and Surgical Critical CareUniversity of Maryland Medical CenterBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Riverside University Health SystemMoreno ValleyUSA

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