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- This next topic I think, is about a different kind of future. It's an area that we've worked on now for four years. I want to give you a progress report and tell you where I think we're going. I'm bullish on telehealth and I think you'll see why. Telehealth will probably be as important

in vascular care follow-up in the future and probably have an impact similar to the financial impact of endovascular care. And I'll show you why that may be. Patients want access. They want access now, they don't want to wait

til you drive out to some clinic in a couple of weeks. Every time we drive out to some place, I used to have to drive two hours to and from a clinic that's really a waste of time if you think about it. And now the tele-technologies which you'll hear about in the next few talks

can monitor and remind patients to do what they need to do. Which about 50% of them do not do unless you remind them. So where are we now? The equipment now for these visits is highly sophisticated. We have actually added a Parks doppler to the system so a medical assistant at the other end can even

allow us to listen to fetal blood flow. About 70 to 80% of patients are willing to do this and the patient satisfaction's high. And now the G-codes, allow you under medicare and private payers to be reimbursed for this. And this is going to continue to improve.

So what do you need to start? You need some physicians that want to do it. Without physician champions it's not going to happen. And at the other end, you need a highly trained medical assistant to present the patient and be able to use a stethoscope

and help be part of the exam. That takes some training. It takes time. We worked on this for two years before we opened our first vascular telehealth center. And I would advise, if you're going to do this,

find someone young in the group. We have two of our young surgeons now who have taken this up and in the background you have to have some pretty experienced IT people. We've progressed to the point now that we are the first US telehealth center of excellence designated last year.

We have 40 people in our telehealth center, physicians, nurses, and IT people. And so now we do a clinic ever week with Murrells Inlet, it's a two hour drive away. We will soon be doing telehealth clinics around the state. We currently get 25% of our surgical and endovascular

volume from these endovascular telehealth clinics. And suddenly everyone likes it. The skeptics are enjoying it. We now have four surgeons doing this. The patients like it and the administrators like it because I'm not on the road, I'm not doing RVUs

nor are my partners. Let's see if we can hit okay here. So I think the future is near. Many of us have watches. Now this year there's an app, you can check to see what your heart rate is,

you can check blood pressure, blood sugars, all of these parameters for good care can be monitored. You can be reminded in the morning if you don't take your medication to take it. And I know there's certain days of the week that I forget. You can remind claudicants to exercise

and you can actually monitor whether they're doing it or not. Very soon there will be medicare reimbursement for a nurse to go to the home of a patient and with a system like this which is being developed in MEDiC university,

you can actually do a tele-visit at home. And you can remind patients to go to the doc. All this technology is here now, it's just simply not coordinated in most practices. So I think the tele-technologies will be more important going forward, they really make our life

and the patient's life easier. The technology and the reimbursement is here today and the adoption really takes a commitment of someone or someones in a group. It takes systems support cause this requires some money and it certainly takes a team

including the people at the other end of those clinics. So I would just say to you get going, take a swing. I think you'll find that you like it. Thank you.

- Thank you Rod and Frank, and thanks Doctor Veeth for the opportunity to share with you our results. I have no disclosures. As we all know, and we've learned in this session, the stakes are high with TEVAR. If you don't have the appropriate device, you can certainly end up in a catastrophe

with a graph collapse. The formerly Bolton, now Terumo, the RelayPlus system is very unique in that it has a dual sheath, for good ability to navigate through the aortic arch. The outer sheath provides for stability,

however, the inner sheath allows for an atraumatic advancement across the arch. There's multiple performance zones that enhance this graph, but really the "S" shape longitudinal spine is very good in that it allows for longitudinal support.

However, it's not super stiff, and it's very flexible. This device has been well studied throughout the world as you can see here, through the various studies in the US, Europe, and global. It's been rigorously studied,

and the results are excellent. The RelayPlus Type I endoleak rate, as you can see here, is zero. And, in one of the studies, as you can see here, relative to the other devices, not only is it efficacious, but it's safe as well,

as you can see here, as a low stroke rate with this device. And that's probably due to the flexible inner sheath. Here again is a highlight in the Relay Phase II trial, showing that, at 27 sites it was very effective, with zero endoleak, minimal stent migration, and zero reported graph collapses.

Here again you can see this, relative to the other devices, it's a very efficacious device, with no aneurism ruptures, no endoleaks, no migration, and no fractures. What I want to take the next couple minutes to highlight, is not only how well this graph works,

but how well it works in tight angles, greater than 90 degrees. Here you can see, compliments and courtesy of Neal Cayne, from NYU, this patient had a prior debranching, with a ascending bypass, as you can see here.

And with this extreme angulation, you can see that proximally the graph performs quite well. Here's another case from Venke at Arizona Heart, showing how well with this inner sheath, this device can cross through, not only a tortuous aorta, but prior graphs as well.

As you can see, screen right, you can see the final angiogram with a successful result. Again, another case from our colleagues in University of Florida, highlighting how this graph can perform proximally with severe angulation

greater than 90 degrees. And finally, one other case here, highlighting somebody who had a prior repair. As you can see there's a pseudoaneurysm, again, a tight proximal, really mid aortic angle, and the graph worked quite well as you can see here.

What I also want to kind of remind everybody, is what about the distal aorta? Sometimes referred to as the thoracic aorta, or the ox bow, as you can see here from the ox bow pin. Oftentimes, distally, the aorta is extremely tortuous like this.

Here's one of our patients, Diana, that we treated about a year and a half ago. As you can see here, not only you're going to see the graph performs quite well proximally, but also distally, as well. Here Diana had a hell of an angle, over 112 degrees,

which one would think could lead to a graph collapse. Again, highlighting this ox bow kind of feature, we went ahead and placed our RelayPlus graph, and you can see here, it not only performs awesome proximally, but distally as well. And again, that's related to that

"S" shaped spine that this device has. So again, A, it's got excellent proximal and distal seal, but not only that, patency as well, and as I mentioned, she's over a year and a half out. And quite an excellent result with this graph. So in summary, the Terumo Aortic Relay stent graph is safe,

effective, it doesn't collapse, and it performs well, especially in proximal and distal severe angulations. Thank you so much.

- Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Good morning ladies and gentleman. I have nothing to disclose. Reportedly, up to 50 percent of TEVARs need a left subclavian artery coverage. It raises a question should revascularization cover the subclavian artery or not?

It will remain the question throughout the brachiograph available to all of us. SVS guidelines recommend routine revascularization in patients who need elective TEVAR with the left subclavian artery coverage. However, this recommendation

was published almost ten years ago based on the data probably even published earlier. So, we did nationwide in patient database analysis, including 7,773 TEVARs and 17% of them had a left subclavian artery revascularization.

As you can see from this slide, the SVS guideline did affect decision making since it was published in 2009, the left subclavian artery revascularization numbers have been significantly increased, however, it's still less than 20%.

As we mentioned, 50% of patient need coverage, but only less than 20% of patient had a revascularization. In the patient group with left subclavian artery revascularization, then we can see the perioperative mortality and morbidities are higher in the patient

who do not need a revascularization. We subgroup of these patient into Pre- and Post-TEVAR revascularization, as you can see. In a Post-TEVAR left subclavian revascularization group, perioperative mortality and major complications are higher than the patient who had a revascularization before TEVAR.

In terms of open versus endovascular revascularization, endovascular group has fewer mortality rate and major complications. It's safer, but open bypass is more effective, and durable in restoring original profusion. In summary, TEVAR with required left subclavian artery

revascularization is associated with higher rates of perioperative mortality and morbidities. Routine revascularization may not be necessary, however, the risks of left subclavian artery coverage must be carefully evaluated before surgery.

Those risk factors are CABG using LIMA. Left arm AV fistula, AV graft for hemodialysis. Dominant left vertebral artery. Occluded right vertebral artery. Significant bilateral carotid stenosis.

Greater than 20% of thoracic aorta is going to be or has been covered. And a history of open or endovascular aneurysm repair. And internal iliac artery occlusion or it's going to be embolized during the procedure. If a patient with those risk factors,

and then we recommend to have a left subclavian artery revascularization, and it should be performed before TEVAR with lower complications. Thank you very much.

- Thank you very much. The stuff Rubiole said about magic methods, but not concerning the large veins, as we heard, would be also about that or something. I don't have disclosures. We all like probably to treat such a pathology. It's quite common in our offices.

And most of us treat them without the problems. But probably we will be not much happy to having such a patients to treat, especially if we see such a pathologies, not this what you, really, I like, especially if patient is coming with the recurrence

in the same place for the third or fourth time. So of course, reflux identifications, we heard this based on ultrasounds. Small vessels, feeding vessels can be seen on the ultrasound and torso transillumination. In most cases, this will be probably sufficient,

but as we have no doubt about this case what to do. In many cases, or at least in some cases, we see the patient coming with sclerotherapy failure. And then probably the first thing that we should look for, it's a feeding vein. Persistence or persistent of a large vessel.

Reflux, what else, except physical examination, except transillumination we can use? Near Infrared light technology. And ultrasound especially. Ultrasound with high frequency that allows you to do exactly this what the static medicine doctors do.

So, to see the skin in a very good quality matches. So, concerning Vein Viveror of this transillumination, often of this wentetrotite methods that I think most of your are familiar with, this, we can use this in some cases, but as in this case it is quite easy and possible.

In this case, on the right side, I not sure what's really a problem in this patient because probably the feeding veins comes goes from, goes from the down in a perpendicular manner. So if you have such a lesion without any feeding veins visible in transillumination or in almentoteratity,

what can we do to close this? Then, I would like to encourage you to use high resolution ultrasound. This is the same lesion with 0.6 millimeter vessel just below, but this vessel goes perpendicular to one of the quite big perforators as you can see,

in a very perpendicular manner, probably none other methods can show us this kind of pathology. With this high resolution high frequency ultrasound, you can see reticular veins, but this is what is especially interesting,

you can see the connection with all vessels being below the lesion that can be not visible in any other technology. Perforators going oblique and going perpendicular are quite good visible. I can try to find the reflux in compressing the skin,

but quite often the reflux can be seen using the simple valsalva maneuvre, as the vessels are very small. Some examples what we can see the perforators, but also like on the right side, the novus scleroization coming from the

small vessels after this thing is removal. And we made some small study of 50 C1 lesions resistance to sclerotherapy failure, treated after the diagnosis made by augmented reality and 18 megahertz probe Venous ultrasound. All these lesions were previously treated,

as you can see some of them even three times, no major vessel reflux, no large branches, no axial reflux, and no vessel is visible in transillumination in the series. We found that in 50% there were the vertical or oblique course vessels feeding this lesions and

vertical plus horizontal additional 26, so we had the perpendicular going pathological reflux in 3/4ths of the patients, reflux sources in 62% were perforators or deep vein connectors. On this patient were treated with ultrasound guided sclerotherapy, or with augmented reality

guided sclerotherapy. And as you can see, 66% of the feeding veins were recognized by 18 megahertz ultrasound and we could probably not find this in any other way after six months follow-up. 90% of these lesions were obliterated.

However, 1/3 required the repeated treatments. In conclusion, the combined approach based on the augmented reality and the 18 megahertz ultrasound feeding vein identification improved the C1 sclerotherapy efficacy in the treatment of pathologies not applicable for the primary treatment

and is not for the standard approach. And we currently don't use this in standards approach, we use this for lesions that you saw. Thank you very much.

- Thank you so much for having me here. I must confess it's not my talk. It's Professor Veroux's talk. Veroux couldn't join us, so I hope you will forgive me if I cannot read it properly as he would have done. It's just a friendship act of being here.

Talking with you about the potential of these treatment of ventricular veins for relief symptoms, headache like. Professor Veroux published on PlosOne Single-center open label observational study was conducted from January 2011 to December 2015.

Basically focused on 113 headache positive patients. As you see there were different kinds of MS patients involved. 82 were relapsing emitting. 22 were secondary progressive. Nine were primary progressive.

Basically the including criteria included headache resistant to the best medical therapy. There was a bilateral internal jugular vein with a stenosis bigger than 50% of moderate to severe insufficiency of the flow. The stenosis of course were suitable for treatment

and they were followed up at least for 12 months. Basically the followup included a variation of the MIDAS, Migraine Disability Assessment Score. It was preformed the day before angioplasty. Then three months after angioplasty and then at the end of the follow-up.

As it was appears,. Of curse we can add the different kinds of lesions of the juvenile level. As it was previously reported, the Professor Veroux ended selection. It is mandatory in these kinds of procedures.

Adding the transversal defect the single most important criteria for determining if the PTA would be successful or not. Of course, again, transversal rather than longitudinal defects are preferred in the treatment of

this kind of patients. The exclusion criteria were the possibility of hypoplasia or extreme muscle compression. In particular, as you know there is the omohyoid possibility of compression.

Looking at a followup that is significantly of three years or more. The clinical results in these patients affected by headaches lead to significant reduction. And 86% of them with an improvement of the MIDAS scores in the three months following up.

At the same time, the improvement was maintained throughout the followup period up to three years. Mainly in the relapse remitting and the secondary progressive patients. So the conclusion of the investigation you can again (mumbles)

is that patient selection is mandatory, of course, again, on the transverse lesion mainly. Balloon valvuloplasty is feasible in these patients and has succeeded with a good result at three years followup in the MIDAS score. Of course, these findings are suggesting

that it could be a useful intervention for selected MS patients with persistent headaches and of course, non-thrombosis stenosis of the IJVs. Thank you so much.

- So this talk is similar to Professor Vermossin in that we're trying to establish again the idea that EVAR is really the choice of treatment here, especially for patients who can't undergo an Open Repair. I have no disclosures. So why does this even come up? Well, as we know the DREAM trial very nicely elegantly

show that early on there was a mortality benefit of EVAR over Open Repair, but out to two years that mortality benefit was lost and the curves began to meet and equilibrate. And when you look at the EVAR 1 study, when you get out to eight years,

those curves actually invert and the all cause mortality for Open Repair was actually beneficial as compared to EVAR. And so it becomes a question, based on somebody's RCT or whether or not Open Repair is really the better way to go. But at least for this discussion we're talking about

a select group of patients. Those patients who are unfit for Open Repair. Multiple comorbidities, high frailty index. Totally different population than the overall cohort. And so when you go back to EVAR 1 and you look at it, these patients, these frail patients,

lot of comorbidities. They're the ones who would exactly benefit from that early aneurysm or early all cause mortality benefit from EVAR, 'cause these are the patients that may not life to meet that eight year crossover point.

In addition, there's been a lot of temporal changes in terms of EVAR. There's evolving technology and there's evolving techniques. The devices are lower profile. They have better durability.

It's easier and more precise in terms of delivery and implantation for these devices as well now. Moreover the techniques have evolved significantly. We're doing almost all these percutaneously. There's very rarely a situation where you need to cut down. The procedures are done very quickly now.

A lot of them are done in less than an hour. And there's avoidance at least of major pitfalls, I mean, the last time I've heard about an iliac artery disruption was probably five or six years ago. This type of large complication rarely occurs anymore. And this study from the Mayo Clinic corroborates this.

When they look at their series of patients who had Open Repair and EVAR, the top graph is basically those patients who were treated from 2006 or earlier. The bottom graph is the patients treated from 2005 or later. And you can see the mortality benefit from Open Repair basically disappears in the lower graph

and that cohort that's treated later. Again, kind of corroborating that techniques and devices have changed, improving EVAR's survivability. And this paper looks at the NSQIP database and says basically the same thing. That contemporary 30 day mortality after EVAR

in high risk patients is substantially lower than that reported in EVAR 2 trial. So gain, demonstrating and showing a picture of EVAR with better survivability and the data that's come out from these earlier trials in terms of EVAR mortality is not necessarily translatable to current day.

So, what we are expecting for EVAR? Well, I think really, two things. You want prevention of death from the aneurism and you want a quality of life. I mean, quality of life is important. These patients come in and expect to be able

to be back on their feet shortly after the procedure. And when you look at the EVAR 2 long term survival, aneurism related mortality is improved over Open Repair out to 12 years. And then when you look at the improved data, the quality of life was significantly better

for EVAR versus that of Open Repair. But I wanted to just kind of get you to shift and look at it from a different perspective and not just see it from what EVAR is in terms of beneficial, how it's changed and how the survivability is improved.

But really what are the expectations in terms if Open Repair? What is the patient tolerance? What are the training and what are the volume paradigms in today's day and age? Well clearly, when you look at these two things

percutaneous, especially the access to the groin, is going to be infinitely better tolerated than an open incision, whether it be transperitoneal or retroperitoneal. So clearly there's a benefit of EVAR in terms of that. But more importantly, we know that the,

historically we've shown that high volume centers and high volume surgeons have better results for Open Repair. And without question, the more you do, the better you're going to get at it. And so, when you look at that in conjunction

with these types of data where clearly the numbers of Open Repair through the country are reducing dramatically and continue to decline. We looked at this and this was a slide of EVAR, which was the positive slope, and Open Repair, which is a negative slope,

in terms of trainees graduating. And that ended in 2010. That slope continued to be negative. When you put those two together, you realize that people are coming out with less and less Open training.

Their experience with Open Repair is only declining and when you contrast that with EVAR, which is improving technology and techniques, it becomes obvious that in certain circumstances I think the randomized control data can no longer be looked at and you have really just think about

EVAR as the best treatment for these patients. Thank you.

- Thank you Mr. Chairman. Thank you, Dr. Veith for you kind invitation. Okay, there we go. Excuse me. DEVASS stands for Dutch EVAS study Group. We all know that women have a twofold, increased risk frequency of rupture.

The average aortic size at rupture is five millimeters smaller. They have a higher rate of undiagnosed cardiovascular diseases. They have smaller ileofemo

more concomitant iliac aneurysms They have a more challenging aortic neck. Smaller proportion is eligible for EVAR and, therefore less likely to meet EVAR IFU. They have a longer length of hospital stay after EVAR, a higher re-admission rate, more major complications,

a higher mortality rate. So, women and AAA is a challenging combination. The rationale behind EVAS is known to you all, I think. The DEVASS cohort is from three high volume centers in The Netherlands. It's a retrospective cohort of 355 patients,

included from April, 2013 to December 2015. So I have two years of result data. If you look at the baseline characteristics, 45 females were in this cohort, with the age of 76 and with some known comorbidities. They were within the instructions for use of 2013, at 28.9%

and even less in the IFU of 2016. These are some more anatomical characteristics with the AAA outer diameter 5.6 centimeters. This is the procedure, most of the patients were under general anesthesia, with the cutdown and the procedure time

was about 100 minute. Straight forward procedure 33 cases out of these 45. Let's have a quick look at the clinical outcomes. The re-intervention's done in the first 12 month. One patient had to conversion to open repair at month 11 due to type 1A Endoleak, and the others were not directly

related to the procedure itself. Although, there was thrombus in approximate stand. In the second month we saw, in the second year we saw some more type 1A migrations and a Stenosis that needed relining, and two out of these patients were within IFU.

If you look at the total cohort of type 1A Endoleak, one patient was not operated on and the other were, either open conversion or relining, and one patient was within IFU. A quick look at the death characteristics. Only one patient was within IFU,

and died after open procedure. So the re-interventions, once again, the first year four patients, in the second year five patients. Conversion to open repair, in total three patients. Endovascular re-intervention was performed

in the first year in two patients and in the second year there were three relinings performed. Endoleak 1A, in total six as stated before. No type two Endoleak reported, and in the first year five patients died, which one was aneurisym related, as in the second year, two patients died,

which one was aneurysm related. If we compare this data with the EVAS Global data, of two years not the three year data, this is the freedom from all persistent Endoleak, close to 98% which is good. Freedom from type 1A Endoleak is within IFU, 97% in the global and outside IFU 85%,

and remind these patients 71% were outside IFU. Freedom from secondary interventions, we had to re-intervene in nine patients and its comparable with outside IFU. Freedom from mortality at two years, a bit higher, aneurism related mortality is 95% which is higher, and also the all cost mortality is higher in women.

So to conclude, this is the first cohort that focuses on women after EVAS. The majority of the patients was outside IFU, and as in EVAR women do not that very good in result, appear to be very much like an EVAR. Thank you.

- Well, thank you Dr. Veith, and thank you very much for allowing me to speak on the topic. I have no disclosures. This is a nice summary that Dr. Veith is actually second author, that summarize what we know about predicting who will benefit from intervention among the patients with asymptomatic aortic disease.

You look at this eight means that we have, you realize that only one of those related to the fluid deprivation. The rest of them are related to embolic events. And that's very interesting because we know that antiplatelets have very little effect

on prevention of this. That's summarizing that review. Partially because what we focused on is that mechanism of thrombosis which requires platelet activation and attachment to the wall.

And that's where those antiplatelets that we use, act upon. However, you realize if you just look at the any ultrasound, that because of the velocities that we have and the lengths of the stenosis in carotid disease there is no way how the platelets can be attached to that

due to that mechanism. They just fly away too fast and don't have any time to do this. And it's even more because all the studies, basic science, show that at those shear rates that we have in carotid disease

that is more that 70%. There is very little probability of either platelet attachment or Von Willebrand factor attachment, or as a matter of fact even fibrinogen attachment in that particular area. So on the other hand we also know

that at those shear rates that we have, the Von Willebrand factor molecules unfold revealing tens of thousands more adhesive sites that allow them, not only to the platelets but also to the wall at that particular spot. And then the most likely mechanism

of what we dealing with in the carotid disease is this that the Von Willebrand factor attach and this unactivated platelets form conglomerates which can easily, because they don't attach to each other, easily fly. And that is probably one of

the most likely causes of the TIA. So if you look at the antiplatelet that we use on this particular mechanism, is right here. And those aspirin and clopidogrel, and combination of those we usually use, have very little, if any, effect on this particular mechanism.

So if, on the other hand, you can see that, if you specifically address that particular site you may have a much substantial effect. Now, how can we identify it? Well actually, the calculation of near-wall shear rate is quite simple.

All you need is just highest velocity and smallest diameter of the vessel. Of course, it is an estimate and actual shear rate is much higher but that's even more, because you, better than you prevent, more higher rate. Just to demonstrate, you can have the same velocity,

similar velocity, but different diameters. This stenosis technique will give different shear rate, and vice versa. So it's not really duplicating neither one of them. So we decided to look at this. We did a case control study that was published,

still online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. And what you can see on the ROC curve, that in fact shear rate predicts symptomatic events much better than either velocity or the degree of the stenosis. And we look specifically at this group

with this thresh point of 8,000 per second and you can see that those patients who have those shear rates and the stenosis are 12 times more likely to have ischemic events. We look at the other means like microembolism. It's ongoing study, it's unpublished data that I show you.

And it's a very, very small sample but so far we have the impression that those microemboli that we can decide for, make a decision for intervention, actually happen only in this category of patient that have high shear rate. Based on this, this is our proposed algorithm,

how we deal with this. If you have asymptomatic patients with more than 70% degree of their stenosis and shear rate that exceeds certain level, we think it's about 8,000 per second, that may be an indication for intervention.

On the other hand if you a have lower shear rate then you can use other means. And what we use is microembolis per hour. Then you can duplicate their areas. If TCD on the other hand is normal you can continue best medical therapy and repeat the ultrasound in a year.

It's arbitrary. This is proposal agreed and based on our studies and that's, I'm thankful for the opportunity to share it with you. Thank you very much.

- Thank you for the opportunity to present this arch device. This is a two module arch device. The main model comes from the innominated to the descending thoracic aorta and has a large fenestration for the ascending model that is fixed with hooks and three centimeters overlapping with the main one.

The beginning fenestration for the left carotid artery was projected but was abandoned for technical issue. The delivery system is precurved, preshaped and this allows an easy positioning of the graft that runs on a through-and-through wire from the

brachial to the femoral axis and you see here how the graft, the main model is deployed with the blood that supported the supraortic vessels. The ascending model is deployed after under rapid pacing.

And this is the compilation angiogram. This is a case from our experience is 6.6 centimeters arch and descending aneurysm. This is the planning we had with the Gore Tag. at the bottom of the implantation and these are the measures.

The plan was a two-stage procedure. First the hemiarch the branching, and then the endovascular procedure. Here the main measure for the graph, the BCT origin, 21 millimeters, the BCT bifurcation, 20 millimeters,

length, 30 millimeters, and the distal landing zone was 35 millimeters. And these are the measures that we choose, because this is supposed to be an off-the-shelf device. Then the measure for the ascending, distal ascending, 35 millimeters,

proximal ascending, 36, length of the outer curve of 9 centimeters, on the inner curve of 5 centimeters, and the ascending model is precurved and we choose a length between the two I cited before. This is the implantation of the graft you see,

the graft in the BCT. Here, the angiography to visualize the bifurcation of the BCT, and the release of the first part of the graft in the BCT. Then the angiography to check the position. And the release of the graft by pushing the graft

to well open the fenestration for the ascending and the ascending model that is released under cardiac pacing. After the orientation of the beat marker. And finally, a kissing angioplasty and this is the completion and geography.

Generally we perform a percutaneous access at auxiliary level and we close it with a progolide checking the closure with sheet that comes from the groin to verify the good occlusion of the auxiliary artery. And this is the completion, the CT post-operative.

Okay. Seven arch aneurysm patients. These are the co-morbidities. We had only one minor stroke in the only patient we treated with the fenestration for the left carotid and symptomology regressed completely.

In the global study, we had 46 implantations, 37 single branch device in the BCT, 18 in the first in men, 19 compassionate. These are the co-morbidities and indications for treatment. All the procedures were successful.

All the patients survived the procedure. 10 patients had a periscope performed to perfuse the left auxiliary artery after a carotid to subclavian bypass instead of a hemiarch, the branching. The mean follow up for 25 patients is now 12 months.

Good technical success and patency. We had two cases of aneurysmal growth and nine re-interventions, mainly for type II and the leak for the LSA and from gutters. The capilomiar shows a survival of 88% at three years.

There were three non-disabling stroke and one major stroke during follow up, and three patients died for unrelated reasons. The re-intervention were mainly due to endo leak, so the first experience was quite good in our experience and thanks a lot.

- Ladies and gentlemen, I have nothing to disclose when regarding this topic. We know that TIAs are independent predictors of long-term mortality in the general population, however, they've been left underreported in almost all the randomized clinical trial. And we don't know the effect of TIAs on long-term survival

in patient with carotid disease. So what we have done, we have performed a study, looking at the effect of TIAs in populations submitted to carotid revascularization, either with endarterectomy, or stenting, and we achieved a pretty good long term result.

However, patient's with TIAs had a significantly lower survival compared with the patient without cerebral events. Similarly, patient with stroke, these reduce survival, and TIA behaves exactly like stroke in this population.

So, by multivariate analysis, TIA together with stroke, chronic renal failure, and age were independent predictors for late mortality. So, we have seen that TIAs have this effect in patient with carotid disease, but what about silent cerebral event?

The silent cerebral infarction has small, radiologically detected infarction without a history of acute dysfunction. And they're usually associated with a variety of condition. In the general population, these cerebral infarction are present in almost

one fifth of the population, 21%. And they are associated with significantly reduction in the stroke free survival in this population. For that reason, they are considered a high risk of stroke in patient with carotid disease.

So looking at the series of patient submitted carotid revascularization, we have seen that the presence of these silent brain infarction was significantly associated with either transient ischemic event and stroke. So, the important factors,

we wanted to further expand these experiences just looking at these phenomenon. In another series of 743 patients submitted to endarterectomy are looking at all the preoperative CT scan in this population. And again, we have found that significantly

association between silent cerebral infarcts and stroke. And by logistical regression analysis, this feature was independently associated with postoperative stroke. At long-term, this effect was also present in association with ipsilateral stroke.

And stroke combined stroke and death. Again, these effect was independent from all other feature. So what about their effect in stenting? Actually, there are no papers in the literature looking at this effect. So we perform a retrospective analysis on

420 patient submitted to a stenting procedure. And all patients were selected with preoperative evaluation of the brain. So, again, 30 day outcome, was not significantly affected by the presence of silent cerebral infarcts, however, when we look at the patient

with endarterectomy and stenting, we see that while in the endarterectomy group, there is a clear decrease of the stroke rate in patient without silent cerebral infarction. This effect is less pronounced

in the stenting group. So in conclusion, silent cerebral infarction increases the risk of postoperative events in carotid endarterectomy. This increased risk should be considered when in indication to revascularization is given.

In stenting, the effect is less pronounced, due to the higher overall risk of neurological event. Thank you.

- [Presenter] Dear colleagues, good afternoon. I present an update on the double-blinded trial on CCSVI Brave Dreams. This is my disclosure. The first data coming out from the Brave Dreams trial were affected by the (mumbles). Where venous PTA did not demonstrate additional effect

on the measure of disability and the new MRI lesion in relapsing remitting (RR) Multiple Sclerosis group at 12 month follow up. The major limitation of the trial is the inefficiency of balloon angioplasty in restoring flow in all the presentation of CCSVI

because in the prime, the flow was restored just in 79% of people. It means in favor of gravity and CCSVI criteria were solved in only 54% of the PTA arm. However, the technique demonstrated to be safe. Pre-operatory morphology affects the effectiveness

of PTA in jugulars, and Giaquinta demonstrated that patients who exhibit hypoplasia, external compression, or longitudinal endoluminal defects did not respond very well to the treatment. And commenting on this, Moneta proposed an additional post hoc analysis focusing

on the PTA responder group identified by Giaquinta in the materials of Brave Dreams trial. So Ladies and Gentlemen, is the hypothesis to be rejected? The CCSVI hypothesis could be considered valid if the subgroup with restored flow

following balloon angioplasty shows benefits compared to the subgroup in which the PTA did not work. So we performed a sub-analysis by comparing the patients with jugular flow not Doppler detectable in upright at 12 months, respect to those

who presented a mono-directional phasic jugular flow. The flow data of the balloon angioplasty arm was matched with a caffeine point, which have accumulation of new lesion on MRI. And the result was extraordinary because 91% of people with restored flow in upright

showed no lesion accumulation. This time the analysis was significant also at 0-12 months where we found 77% of people with restored flow, lesion free. And more than 20% of people protected by PTA were near follow up.

So Ladies and Gentlemen, in conclusion, PTA is safe but restored the flow in favor of gravity in the jugulars in just 79% of patients. However, a post-hoc analysis demonstrates a significant decreased risk of new lesion development at MRI in patients with restored jugular flow

following balloon angioplasty, as compared to those with absent flow and/or to sham. Further analysis and investigation may provide the pre-operatory ID of such a subgroup of responders. Thank you very much.

- You'll be pleased to know we've got a bit better at using ceiling mounted lead shields and goggles, but there's still room for improvement. These are my disclosures. I thought I'd start just by putting into context the exposures that we receive as operators. So medical diagnostics scans

can be anything up to 25 millisieverts. If you're a classified radiation worker you can only get 20 millisieverts per year. Background radiation, depending on where you live, is something between one and 10 millisieverts per year. And it varies from department to department.

But for a complex endovascular branch and fenestrated case you get typically 50 microsieverts of radiation outside the lead. What is irrefutable is that once you get to 100 millisieverts you have got a raised risk of solid cancers and leukemia.

What we do not know, we simply don't know, is what is the dose response below that 100 millisievert threshold, and is there any individual differences in sensitivity to radiation? Why don't we know?

Because we're no good at following up operators and patients after they receive an exposure. What we need is stringent study design, we need well defined populations, they need to be large studies, 10s of thousands, we need to control for

all the confounding factors for cancer, we need really high quality followup, and we need to know what dose we're receiving. This is my interventional radiology colleague. He's been there since the inception of the complex endovascular program at St. Thomas',

and I asked him to tell me what he did over the past 10 years. And you can see that this is his logbook. It excludes quite a number of perhaps lower exposure cases including GI cases, dilatations, nephrostomies. So he's done 1071 cases in 10 years.

He doesn't know his dose. But if you think per case exposure is 20, 40, or 60 microsieverts you can see that the exposures quickly build up. And in a 20-year career he's going to breach probably that 100 microsievert threshold.

So these numbers are just worth thinking about. So what evidence do we have that exposure causes DNA damage? It has been looked at in mice. If you expose mice they have an increased instance of lung tumors, for example. The radiation at low dose causes DNA damage.

It shortens the life span, and importantly, the risk is synergistic with other risks like smoking. In the course of this DNA damage and repair process, the repair process is not perfect. And eventually you get genomic instability,

and that's what causes cancer. When the cell is irradiated with low doses you also get generation of bad factors such as ROS and inflammatory factor. And we have shown in in operators that you get DNA damage before and after

you carry out fluoroscopically guided case. You can see here foci of this gamma H2AX which signal DNA damage in operators. And what happens over long term? There are markers you can look for long term that show that you're exhibiting genomic instability,

and this includes diccentrics. You can see these chromosomes are abnormal, and that happens as result of chronic radiation exposure. And micronuclei, so you can see that these cells express micronuclei. That is abnormal.

That is genomic instability and that means that your risk of cancer is increased. We haven't measured for these yet in operators, but they may well be present. So I think you need a combination of physical and biological dosimetry.

How do you do that? Well you need high throughput methods for doing it, which we don't have as yet. The current methods are laborious. You need to cont lots of cells and it takes a long time to do it.

But perhaps with the next generation high throughout sequencing this is what we'll be doing. Regular samples from operators and deciding whether there exhibiting genomic instability or not, should they be doing something other than carrying out endovascular operations.

In the meantime, radiation is really dangerous. I think that's what we've got to assume. No matter how much of a dose you're getting it's dangerous. The ALARA principles, you should hopefully all be familiar with, maximal shielding, and as mentioned,

the zero gravity suit. We've started using this. And obviously we wear leg shields. Just as something different, I mentioned that when your cell gets irradiated it produces lots of nasty factors

such as radioactive oxygen species and pro-inflammatory factors, and that can again cause DNA damage. Kieran Murphy spoke earlier on in the previous session about effective low-dose exposure. What they've done is given a cocktail of antioxidants

to patients who have cancer staging. And that actually reduces DNA damage. This is another study that came out recently, another cocktail of antioxidants, exposed to cells in vitro that were irradiated, and this is probably a less relevant study

because it's all in vitro. But again, in a very controlled situation these antioxidants do reduce the production of inflammatory factors in DNA damage. So perhaps we should all be taking a cocktail of pills before we operate.

So in summary, we live in a world of increasing radiation exposures. The health effects are unknown. We need better radiation in epidemiology, a combination of biological and physical dosimetry probably, and in the meantime we have to insist

on maximal protection and assume that all radiation is dangerous. Thank you very much.

- Thank you, my disclosure says it pertains to this Centerline Biomedical specifically. As many of you know, real-time Dose Monitoring has shown that the EVAR procedures really exposes to the most amount of radiation, Of all the endovascular procedures that we do. Obviously the complexity of those

has something to do with that. But even a straight forward EVAR shows that. And most studies show that vascular surgeons are probably the least educated and knowledgeable about ways to reduce your exposure to radiation. Now Gustavo talked about this,

when you look at the radiation scatter when you're in a hybrid room you see that once the imaging intensifier moves to anything other than AP position the amount of scatter starts to increase. And it's that scatter which exposes most of us

that are near the patient to this. In addition, I will tell you that most of your patients that we operate on were right near the imaging beam, where as most peripheral interventions we do step out of the room,

during any of the major flouroscopic treatment time in DSA angiograms, as Gustavo said. So what can you do from protection strategy standpoint? Well you can use protective equipment, which includes drapes and shielding which I go over.

But the majority of it is what procedural details much of which Gustavo has gone over. Now in our institution I highlighted two things there, for many years I've used the zero gravity suit this has two advantages, number one it covers your head from exposure,

but it does not extend down to below the legs and I'll talk about that. I know that Bijan is on the podium and he probably has better education, and can talk more about his study than I know. But we have added leggings to that aspect.

The other thing about the Zero Gravity Suit is from a longevity for you as a physician you do not have the weight of the lead on your shoulders so over time the amount of neck and injuries from that aspect is probably going to be decreased. Now this is taken from Bijan's paper

it's about the Radiation Induced DNA Damage and you can see that patients that are people that did EVAR procedures had an increase in the amount of radiation damage, compared to if they did an open repair. And you can see the difference there

in purple between EVAR and branched and fenestrated repairs but the most important thing, I think that many of us took away from his paper, was that when you added leggings to it you can see in the bottom left, the amount

of radiation and DNA damage was the same. But the amount of DNA damage went way down on the black bars there, compared to the red bars pre-imposed. So why that was, is probably the subject of many more papers

and a lot of grant money for Bijan to do. I think this is going to be a very important topic in the next several years. Now Gustavo had eight things, I have a list of ten things that you can do, to help during procedure. But the biggest as he mentioned, was the

obliquity of the orientation of the tube. Eye protection is a very important approximately about 30% of the radiation comes around your eye protection wear. So either using the shield like I showed you from zero gravity, or side shields are very important.

You need to save images, optimize images use non DSA or exit the room for DSA things. Varying the technique, adding barriers, slow your frame rate down. Now Gustavo says, he said seven and a half or typically a two.

If I wanted to get a better image I will go to three or to a seven. But generally we are at two frames per second for most of our work. I unfortunately do not have yet digital zoom that's probably coming in the next version

of the models that we use. Increasing the table height, getting the table high and the imaging intensifier down is very important. What about other things? Well we have to change our habits,

most of this is getting in the right habit. And most of our radiation badges tell us a month later what happened. But we don't know what case and what we did during the case to change it. That's more modern day badges,

this is an early detection system. Basically you see your dose on the screen, as the case is going along. And it gives you direct feedback that you might need to change what you're doing. Add barriers to between you and the source

so when your dose is going higher than other people in the room. It's kind of like the concept of the canary in the coal mine. When the canary is starting to have problems and went to the bottom of the cage

the coal miners new that they needed to get ut of the coal mine because they were being exposed to lethal gasses. So what does this do? If you look at the dose aware data, it shows you here in purple

that the level of radiation exposure, once they started to use the Dose Aware, went down compared to the number of incidents of over-exposure, in the system. Gustavo talked a little bit about Intra-Operative Guidance,

vessel deformation, and customized options. Are coming down the guidelines. And you can see this is a paper with Stephan Haulon and Rob Rhee about how they reduced their dose. Lastly we need to think about moving

away from fluoroscopy and this is what's coming down the future, with Centerline Biomedical. Using electro-magnetic navigation to track devices, cathers, and wires through the system, Without ionizing radiation. And this will be the future.

So in conclusion, current advancements in vascular therapy significantly increase the exposure of vascular specialists, to the harmful effects of ionizing radiation. Maximal efforts should be employed by proceduralists to protect themselves.

Including the legs, and the neck, and the head. An immediate intra-procedural feedback is important for developing proper techniques and prevention. Future research should be focused at identifying non-ionizing methods for navigation and device implantation.

Thank you.

- Sam, Louis, thank you very much. I also kind of reduced the title to make it fit in a slide. Those are my disclosures. We've switched to using a hybrid room routinely a couple of years ago and what happened then is that we started using 3D imaging

to guide us during the procedure using a fusion overlay. Obviously this was a huge benefit but the biggest benefit was actually 3D imaging at the end of the procedure so rather than doing an AP fluoro run, we would do a 3D acquisition in a cone beam CT

and have those reconstructions available to check technical success and to fix any issues. We've been using this technique to perform translumbar type 2 endoleak treatment and what we do is we do a cone beam CT non contrast and we fuse the pre-op CT on top of this cone beam CT

and it's actually quite easy to do because you can do it with the spine but also obviously with the endograft so it's a registration on the graft on top of the endograft and then the software is really straightforward. You just need to define a target in the middle

of the endoleak. You need to define where you want to puncture the skin and then the system will automatically generate to you a bull-eye view which is a view where you puncture the back of the patient and the progression view you obviously see the needle

go all the way to your target. And what is interesting is that if you reach the target and if you don't have a backflow so you're not in the endoleak, you have this stereo 3D software which is interesting because you do two lateral fluoro runs

and then you check the position of the needle and then it shows you on the pre-op CT where you are. So here in this specific patient, I didn't advance the needle far enough. I was still in the aortic wall,

that's why I didn't get backflow so I just slightly advanced the needle and I got backflow and I could finish the embolization by injecting contrast, close and then ONYX to completely exclude this type 2 endoleak. So now let's go to our focus today is fenestrated endograft.

You see this patient that were treated with a fenestration and branches. You can see that the selective angio in the left renal looks really good but if on the cone beam CT at the end of the procedure we actually had a kink on the left renal stent

so because I had depicted it right away at the end of the procedure I could fix it right away so this is not a secondary procedure. This is done during the index procedure so I'll go directly to what we did is we reinflated a ballon,

we re-fed the balloon and then had a nice result but what happen if you actually fail to catheterize? This was the case in this patient. You see the left renal stent is completely collapsed. I never managed to get a wire from the aortic lumen and back into the renal artery

so we position the patient in the lateral position, did a cone beam CT and used the same software so the target is now the renal artery just distal to this crushed renal stent and we punctured this patient back in the target and so you can see is right here

and you can see that the puncturing the back. We've reached the renal artery, pushed a wire through the stent now in the artery lumen and snared the wire and over this through and through wire coming out from the back we managed

to reopen this kinked left renal stent. You can see here the result from this procedure and this was published a couple of years, two years ago. Now another example, you can see here the workflow. I'm actually advancing the needle in the back

of the patient, looking at the screen and you can see in this patient that had a longer renal stent I actually punctured the renal stent right away because at the end of the procedure I positioned another covered stent inside

to exclude this puncture site and then, oops sorry, and then, can we go to the, yeah great thank you. And then I advance the wire again through this kinked renal stent into the endograft lumen and this is a snare from the groin

and I got the wire out from the groin. So you see the wire is coming from the back of the patient here, white arrow, to the groin, red arrow and this is the same patient another view and over this through and through wire

we manged to re advance and reopen this stent and we actually kinked the stent by getting the system of branched endograft through a previous fenestrated repair and fortunately my fellow told me at the end of the procedure we should check the FEVAR

with a cone beam CT and this is how we depicted this kink. So take home message, it's a very easy, straightforward workflow. It's a dedicated workflow that we use for type 2 endoleak embolization. We have this intermediate assessment with Stereo 3D

that helps us to check where we are so with 3D imaging after the learning curve it's become routine and we have new workflows like this way of salvaging a kinked renal stent. Thank you very much for your attention.

- Thank you Dr. Melissano for the kind interaction. TEVAR is the first option, or first line therapy for many pathologies of the thoracic aorta. But, it is not free from complications and two possible complications of the arch are the droop effect and the bird-beak. I was very interested as Gore came up with the new

Active Control System of the graft. The main features of this graft, of this deployment system are that the deployment is staged and controlled in putting in the graft at the intermediate diameter and then to the full diameter. The second important feature is that we can

optionally modify the angulation of the graft once the graft is in place. Was very, very interesting. This short video shows how it works. You see the graft at the intermediate diameter, we can modify the angulation also during this stage

but it's not really used, and then the expansion of the graft at the full diameter and the modification of the angulation, if we wished. This was one of the first cases done at our institution. A patient with an aneurysm after Type B dissection. You see the graft in place and you see the graft after

partial deployment and full deployment. Perhaps you can appreciate, also, a gap between the graft and the lesser curvature of the arch, which could be corrected with the angulation. As you can see here, at the completion angiography we have an ideal positioning of the graft inside the arch.

Our experience consisted only on 43 cases done during the last months. Mostly thoracic aneurysm, torn abdominal aneurysm, and patients with Type B aortic dissection. The results were impressive. No mortality, technical success, 100%,

but we had four cases with problems at the access probably due to the large bore delivery system as you can see here. No conversion, so far and no neurological injury in this patient group. We have some patients who came up for the six months follow-up and you see here we detected one Type 1b endoleak,

corrected immediately with a new graft. Type II endoleak which should be observed. This was our experience, but Gore has organized all the registry, the Surpass Registry, which is a prospective, single-arm, post market registry including 125 patients and all these patients

have been already included in these 20 centers in seven different countries in Europe. This was the pathology included, very thorough and generous, and also the landing zone was very different, including zone two down to zone five. The mean device used per patient were 1.3.

In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, the Active Control System of the well known CTAG is a really unique system to achieve an ideal positioning of the graft. We don't need to reduce the blood pressure aggressively during the deployment because of the intermediate diameter

reached and the graft angulation can be adjusted in the arch. But, it's not reversible. Thank you very much for your attention.

- After Dr. Mow-knee's excellent review I don't have much to add here, but just go by here. I have no conflict of interest. As he already said, Takayasu arteritis is a systemic disease, affecting entire wall. It's fundamentally different from atherosclerosis. I like to emphasize once again because same principle

to relieve ischemic symptom based on atherosclerosis should not be applied to Takaysu arteritis. That's what we learned for the last three decade. This is a primarily medical condition to need the medical treatment and not a surgical condition until it develops the complication,

hence the primary aim of treatment is to control active inflammation and induce remission just like Dr. Mow-knew gave a thorough review here. The inflammatory nature of TA waxes and wane with active or chronic system inflammation hence strict control of this condition is absolutely warranted before

any surgical or endovascular management is considered. After all, TA is a medical condition and not a surgical one from the outset. TA has a strong nature of the collateral development to provide excellent natural compensation sufficient to relieve the symptoms in general hence not all symptomatic

lesions actually require the intervention, that's what we also learned, for the intervention accompanied with significant morbidity, we already understand, restenosis, thrombosis, and stroke, etc. So intervention should be reserved for specific indication like uncontrolled hypertension, for example.

Open surgery with bypass has been able to relieve most of lesion to cause acute or chronic insufficiency and remain gold standard but it has excellent track record only for its end stage. It does not provide same good result in early stage. Therefore, bypass surgery should not be considered

as a panacea to relieve all the lesion and remains vulnerable through the rest of the life. So surgery should not be undertaken lightly and good only for those in advanced stage. Nevertheless, diffuse, proximal, multifocal involvement make surgical intervention with bypass often difficult

and such lesion would need some other way to try. That is endovascular approach with angioplastent has proven for safety and also effective alternative method. So main indication for the PTA and stent include clinically ischemia involving one or more vascular bed, we just heard.

Intervention gains popularity especially as interim management for the unsettled case, in particular with multiple lesions. Indeed the results of the endovascular intervention are less encouraging, we already heard, compared to open surgery.

The risk of restenosis in TA is significantly higher reaching over 50% at five years just like Mayo data, like ours data here. Our own results on 24 cases almost identical to what Mayo reported, and some other people as we published already.

So a diligent controlled disease activity prior to and following revascularization is crucial to prevent such complications. So as the conclusion, together with a bypass endovascular management with a PTA stent is now well accepted and symptomatic TA inactive chronic state can be managed

safely either by bypass or endovascular surgery. However, endovascular therapy accompanies higher rate of recurrence. Open surgery at present remains the preferred option delivering better long-term outcome and especially in the advanced stage.

Endovascular intervention fulfills its new role as an interim measure especially for the group open surgery carries too high risk like multivessel involvement. Thank you for attention.

- Thank you, good afternoon. I have no disclosures. Well, obesity really is a worldwide epidemic, but among all of the industrialized nations the United States seems to lead the league in terms of the percentage of our population overweight and/or obese.

We're all aware of the adverse health effects of obesity including predisposing to diabetes, itself an epidemic problem, at least in this country. In fact the AMA has suggested obesity should now be declared a disease state with its own ICD-10 code. If that's true as this article in time magazine said

if obesity is a disease why are so many obese patients seemingly healthy? We do know that obese patients tend to have smaller myocardial infarct size, they have improved survival after episodes of heart failure, there's improved survival

after CABG and coronary angioplasty procedures, and there's reduced early and late mortality after acute stroke. In fact we're seeing this so-called obesity paradox play out in vascular surgery. This was an early review of 7500 patient undergoing

a variety of vascular surgical procedures and what you see is this U-shaped curve where is overweight, mildly and moderately obese patients have significantly lower operative mortality. This was a similar NSQIP analysis of over 5000 patients undergoing AAA repair and among all procedures

again you see that same U-shaped curve largely reflected the reduced mortality for open surgery for overweight, mildly and moderately obese patients. We became interested in whether this would play out on a low risk procedure, relatively speaking, carotid endarterectomy.

We investigated 23000 patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy in the NSQIP database. Only a quarter of our patients were normal weight, about 40% over weight, and then nearly 30% were obese. And we found the very same thing, although mortality is exceedingly low, 0.6%,

it was significantly lower in overweight, mildly and moderately obese patients. The overall stroke rate was 1.4% and again that very same U-shaped curve. Stroke rate lower in overweight, mildly and moderately obese patients.

In the most recent and the largest data set ever analyzed, 92000 patients undergoing the spectrum of vascular surgical procedures. A third of the patients only normal weight, about a third overweight, and more than a quarter severely overweight.

We found that mortality was actually higher in underweight compared to normal weight individuals. So it's not good to be thin, many of us take comfort in that. We found that, they found that mortality was lower in overweight compared to normal weight individuals.

Mortality was lower in obese compared to normal rate individuals and this reflected the fact that cardiac complications occurred significantly less often in obese compared to normal weight individuals. And respiratory complications occurred less often

in obese compared to normal weight individuals. How do you explain this? Well this was a fascinating report from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. 38000 individuals, men middle-aged who have been followed for up to 25 years, and if you look at overall

mortality, again that very same U-shaped curve. But what they did in this study was they divided BMI into lean body mass and fat body mass and as you can see there is that U-shaped relationship with respect to lean body mass, but when they ferreted out statistically fat body mass

there was a direct proportional correlation with mortality. How do we explain this? Well we're learning that adipose tissue is more than just a storage depot for energy, it is also an endocrine organ. Adipose tissue produces molecules called adipokines

the most important of which is adiponectin. An elevated BMI is associated with reduced levels of adiponectin which has a positive impact on cardiovascular complications. So in summary, the impact of weight on vascular outcomes is complex.

Modest excess weight appears to be protective for perioperative mortality and cardiorespiratory morbidity. Excess weight is a risk factor for wound complications but the obesity paradox may be related to the endocrine function of adipose tissue. Thank you.

- Thank you very much for the presentation. Here are my disclosures. So, unlike the predecessor, Zenith Alpha has nitinol stents and a modular design, which means that the proximal component has this rather gentle-looking bear stents and downward-looking barbs.

And the distal part has upward-looking barbs. And it is a lower-profile device. We reported our first 42 patients in 2014. And now for this meeting we updated our experience to 167 patients operated in the last five years.

So this includes 89 patients with thoracic aneurysms. 24 patients in was the first step of complex operations for thoracoabdominals. We have 24 cases in the arch, 19 dissections, and 11 cases were redos. And this stent graft can be used as a single stent graft,

in this case most of the instances the proximal component is used or it can be used with both components as you can see. So, during the years we moved from surgical access to percutaneous access and now most of the cases are being done percutaneously

and if this is not the case, it's probably because we need some additional surgical procedures, such as an endarterectomy or in cases of aorto-iliac occlusive disease, which was present in 16% of our patients, we are going to need the angioplasty,

this was performed in 7.7% of cases. And by this means all the stent grafts were managed to be released in the intended position. As far as tortuosity concerned, can be mild, moderate, or severe in 6.6% of cases and also in this severe cases,

with the use of a brachio-femoral wire, we managed to cross the iliac tortuosity in all the cases. Quite a challenging situation was when we have an aortic tortuosity, which is also associated with a previous TEVAR. And also in this instances,

with the help of a brachio-femoral wire, all stent grafts were deployed in intended position. We have also deployed this device both in chronic and acute subacute cases. So this can be the topic for some discussion later on. And in the environment of a hybrid treatment,

with surgical branching of the supoaortic tranch, which is offered to selected patients, we have used this device in the arch in a number of cases, with good results. So as far as the overall 30-day results concerned, we had 97.7% of technical success,

with 1.2% of mortality, and endoleaks was low. And so were reinterventions, stroke rate was 1.2%, and the spinal cord injury was 2.4%. By the way we always flash the graft with CO2 before deployment, so this could be helpful. Similar results are found in the literature,

there are three larger series by Illig, Torsello, and Starnes. And they all reported very good technical success and low mortality. So in conclusion, chairmen and colleagues, Zenith Alpha has extended indications

for narrow access vessels, provide safe passage through calcified and tortuous vessels, minimize deployment and release force, high conformability, it does retain the precision and control of previous generation devices,

however we need a longer term follow up to see this advantages are maintained over time. Thank you very much.

- Yeah, thanks very much. Well, we've already heard that things were going well with the two first EVAS trials in the U.S and Europe predominantly, at one year and then we've seen those events described by both Jeff and Matt at two years. Root cause analysis refined IFU

and then prospectively studying this in the EVAS2 trial in the U.S but also in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific, in the Forward2 trial. I'm going to give you a little bit of an update. As we know there have been some concerning reports on retrospective reviews of experience in the early term,

and we've all heard about the details of the revised IFU, and the useful outcomes or grossly improved outcomes we can expect at two years and now Jeff has just told us at three years. Sorry, we'll just go back. So, as Matt mentioned, there have been several publications

that have retrospectively applied the IFU to center's experience to see if they could replicate the good outcomes that were achieved in the retrospective analysis of the IDE trial. Certainly, what is shown is that if you apply the revised IFU, you significantly reduce

patient applicability with this particular device. It has to be acknowledged that many of the procedures that were performed in these publications were performed, a) with a device that's different to the one that we're now going to use, and b) with a procedure that was very different.

It probably impacts on outcomes. I think the major difference with what we'll call the new Nellix device, is that it has the endobag attached firmly, not only to the top of the stent, but also at the bottom. And in our experience this attachment at the bottom

has had a particular impact on aneurysm sac size. The procedure has also evolved, and the procedure now involves steps such as unfurling of the endobags before stent deployment, and also pre-fill of the endobags with saline prior to filling with the polymer,

as well as the importance, as Matt mentioned, of accurately deploying and using all of the infrenal neck and the iliac sealing zones. We also performed a retrospective analysis of our experience in consecutive cases at Aukland Hospital with considerably longer follow-up.

And you can see that the patients on the modified IFU had a significantly different and improved freedom from type 1A endoleak, and also the composite end point of type one endoleak, sac expansion, and freedom from reintervention was highly significantly improved.

So that's a little bit different to the experience reported, possibly because we've been applying the optimized technique and had access to the new Nellix device for some time. So EVAS FORWARD 2 is being performed in Europe and in the Asia-Pacific region.

A 300-patient confirmatory trial with standard parameters. This is the very first case that was done. We did this in Aukland, and you can see something we weren't observing with the earlier Nellix device without the distal seal. We're seeing some cases with significant sac shrinkage.

You can see the earlier, or interim results, I'm just presenting for the first time here today from the FORWARD 2 trial. A very high freedom from type 1A endoleak, and freedom from reintervention, as of July 2018. Just out of interest, we also did a retrospective review

of patients in our own center that has had at least one year of follow-up using the new Nellix device with optimized procedures to see what the outcome would be, and you can see at one year that there's no type one endoleaks. Impressively, absolutely no migration.

We have seen at two years a couple of patients that had some sac growth. Even on IFU we felt that they had degeneration of their iliac arteries with loss of seal. Here you can see a case where you can see the dramatic sac shrinkage we're now seeing

in some cases, and this is the one where we saw some sac growth where we ended up doing a second reintervention to extend the distal seal. Of course, the real driver for us to continue with the Nellix and EVAS technology is this suggestive but very impressive freedom

from all cause in cardiovascular mortality. That really is driving us to use this technology in our patients. So in conclusion, we'll know that, in fact, there's ongoing evolution of this technology, and we're looking forward to being involved

in next generation EVAS that will follow the important EVAS2 and EVAS FORWARD trials sometime later in 2019. Thanks very much. (applause)

- I find it very difficult to get into an argument with one of my mentors, Dr. Raju, and I apologize for going off on a little tangent. And I will submit to you that when we look at this, this may be a better way of looking at it because we're taking an instance of non-flow dynamics as well as collapsible tubes

and everything's not perfect. So I have no real disclosures with this. And with the emergence of dedicated venous stents and understanding the role of individual design elements, cell architecture, radial strength, flexibility, and the performance of stents,

and more importantly how this therapy improves patients outcomes is critical in continuing the treatment pathway and continued improvement in stents. My take home message are very clear. For a given perimeter, lumen shape impacts area,

lumen shape impacts pressure, aspect ratio is a better predictor of flow and patient outcomes versus area. So, what is aspect ratio? It's the Degree of Roundness. And if you look at aspect ratio is equal to

the maximum diameter to the minimal diameter and if keep the change the keep the perimeters the same, you see what happens to the area, it actually decreases.

And you can see what happens to the aspect ratio. So the perfect aspect ratio is one. As we get to a more elliptical area, or an oval, it changes to four. So, if we look at this again, when we look at the whole area here,

even keeping the perimeters the same, you can see what happens to the area. The area shrinks. As the aspect ratio also changes. But more importantly, as we look at a mathematical calculation of shape and area,

round equals more area and less drag and thus better flow. Remember we're dealing not with arteries, we're dealing with veins and collapsible tubes. And increasing the flatness as you go across the X axis equals less area and more drag and thus less flow. And we always look at Poiseuille's Law,

but Poiseuille's Law's only important for perfect circles. And what I'm trying to submit to you, is that vein's are certainly not perfect circles, but as we get to figuring out what a perfect circle is and using a stent then this does apply.

And so, shape impacts on flow and pressure for a given perimeter summary. Shape directly impacts area. Area has an indirect impact on flow and pressure. The greater the aspect ratio the smaller the area. And shape becomes flatter

flow decreases and pressure increases. So, if we look at this publication by Dr. Cho, he looked at a better accuracy, patency associated with a rounder lumen. And he took 48 patients with iliac compression and acute DVT followed for an average of 20 months.

Stent compression considered significant if lumen compression was greater than 50 percent. And significant stent compression was inversely correlated with stent patency. And so, healthy veins are not round. What shape results in better outcomes?

So, if look at the VIRTUS trial, and looking at the feasibility trial, we looked at aspect ratios, and I would submit to you that if you look at the pre-stent aspect ratio, you can see it starting at 2.51

and then as over the 12 months, it was figured at 1.23. So as we get closer to one, it becomes more oval. And the same thing, the areas improved as well. But if you look at this scattergram, the relationship between post-stent vessel change

and 12-month patient outcome, this being a change in VCSS scores, so anything greater than a VCSS score of change of 2, there was no correlation in terms of Pearson coefficient here, but there was a mild correlation here,

with looking at aspect ratio. One would expect a positive correlation with area if we went with Dr. Raju, however just for this limited trial, there was none. And if we're looking at the graphs, there was no clear pattern for area change,

well the change in aspect ratio is clear. Moderately positive relationship between decreased ellipticity and clinical improvement. And patients with greatest luminal change oval to round most likely to exhibit clinical improvement. And I submit to you that aspect ratio is something

that we should consider as we go forward. Thank you very much.

- Good morning, I want to thank Professor Vitta for the privilege of presenting on behalf of my chief, Professor Francesco Speziale, the result from the EXTREME Trial on the use of the Ovation stent graft. We know that available guidelines recommend to perform EVAR in patient presenting at least a suitable

aortic neck length of >10mm, but in our experience death can be a debatable indication because it may be too restrictive, because we believe that some challenging necks could be effectively managed by EVAR. This is why when we published our experience 2014,

on the use of, on EVAR, on the use of different commercially available device on-label and off-label indication, we found no significant difference in immediate results between patient treated in and out IFU, and those satisfactory outcomes were maintained

during two years of follow-up. So, we pose ourself this question, if conventional endografts guarantee satisfactory results, could new devices further expand EVAR indication? And we reported our experience, single-center experience, that suggests that EVAR by Ovation stent-graph can be

performed with satisfactory immediate and mid-term outcomes in patient presenting severe challenging anatomies. So, moving from those promising experiences, we started a new multi-center registry, aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of EVAR by Ovation implantation in challenging anatomies.

So, the EXTREME trial was born, the expanding indication for treatment with standard EVAR in patient with challenging anatomies. And this is, as I said, a multi-center prospective evaluation experience. The objective of the registry was to report the 30-day and

12 month technical and clinical success with EVAR, using the Ovation Stend-Graft in patient out of IFU for treatment by common endograft. This is a prospective, consecutively-enrolling, non-randomized, multi-center post market registry, and we plan to enroll at least 60 patients.

We evaluated as clinical endpoints, the freedom from aneurysm-related mortality, aneurysm enlargement and aneurysm rupture. And the technical endpoint evaluate were the access-related vascular complications, technical success, and freedom from Type I and III endoleaks, migration,

conversion to open repair, and re-interventions. Between March 17 and March 18, better than expected, we enrolled 122 patients across 16 center in Italy and Spain. Demographics of our patient were the common demographic for aneurysm patients.

And I want to report some anatomical features in this group. Please note, the infrarenal diameter mean was 21, and the mean diameter at 13mm was 24, with a mean aortic neck length of 7.75mm. And all grafts were released accorded to Ovation IFU. 74 patients out of 122

presented an iliac access vessel of <7mm in diameter. The technical success reported was 98% with two type I endoleak at the end of the procedure, and 15 Type II endoleaks. The Type I endoleak were treated in the same procedure

by colis embolization, successfully, and at one month, we are no new Type Ia endoleaks, nine persistent Type II endoleaks, and two limb occlusion, requiring no correction. I want to thank my chief for the opportunity of presenting and, of course, all collaborators of this registry,

and I want to thank you for your attention, and invite you, on behalf of my chief, to join us in Rome next May. Thank you.

- Thank you, and thank you to Dr. Veith for his kind invitation. These are my disclosures. Basically, we took a single center two-year outcomes for the use of fenestrated grafts and compared to parallel grafts in treating patients with complex aortic aneurysms.

These included fenestrated grafts and parallel grafts for juxtarenal, suprarenal, and thoracoabominal aneurysms. And the usual risk factors, morbidity, mortality, patency, and re-intervention rates were evaluated. This is a retrospective review of a prospectively maintained database.

All consecutive patients were included with exception of those presenting with rupture. Symptomatic patients were included. The type of repair was the single surgeon decision based on urgency and the patient's anatomy. And the parameters, as we discussed, were measured.

The fenestrated technique is fairly well-described and as we found the standard the technique of using fenestrated grafts. We have a Zeego hybrid suit Siemens that we used for all our implants. Most of these patients were done are local anesthesia

with percutaneous access. iCast or VBX stents were used for the bridging stents. An SMA was selectively self-extended with a self expanding stent in the Zfen cases alone. We look at the parallel graft. We had some bias in that we put no more than

two parallel grafts at any one level such as you see here. We came in and put a stent and then cautherize the celiac and the SMA, deployed the stents here. Then put a bridging RA thoracic endograft and then came in with a second endograft down to the level of the renals and the second set.

This is to decrease the instance of gutter leaks and need for reintervention. This analysis was formed with Kaplan-Meier and with p value of 0.05 being considered significant. Results. Basically, we had a 117 complex aneurysms

that were performed with a 100% technical success rate. We didn't look to the patients with significant branch special involvement, not just an isolated vessel. And we see in the parallel grafts, we had good distribution between renal, SMA, and celiac.

Obviously with a fenestrated graft, we had a stronger bias to the celiac not being involved in the SMA and renals being more commonly involved. Demographics are similar between the two groups. And the comorbidities were similar with the highest is hypertension and tobacco use.

The mortality was not statistically different with about a 3% to 2.6% perioperative mortality. Again that's one patient in each group. We had reinterventions. It was higher in the parallel graft group and that was later in the series at 7% compared to 5.3%.

Again not statistically significant. The reinterventions were similar for the fenestrated group. We had two renal stent occlusions, one colonic ischemia, one iliac limb occlusion, requiring reintervention, and one perinephric hematoma from a wire perforation.

And then in the parallel group, we had three endoleaks, two renal graft thrombosis, one celiac thrombosis, one renal stent kink, and one gutter leak. So again, using those two parallel grafts only at one level tended dramatically decreased our instance of gutter leak

compared to the reported literature. Freedom from aortic mortality. They were not different. We had 97% freedom from aortic mortality in those patients with fenestrated, 94% in those patients with parallel grafts.

Overall survival again was the same at 78% going out to two and a half years in both groups. Reintervention we saw again as we mentioned in the fenestrated graft once they plateaued around 12 months they seemed to fairly stable. But those going with the parallel graft,

we did see further late need for reintervention. So in conclusion, I think certainly in this retrospective review of parallel and fenestrated grafts, they have an acceptable perioperative mortality noted for juxtarenal, suprarenal, and thoracoabdominal aneurysms.

Parallel graft and technology has acceptable patencies with a low rate of reintervention and very low rate of gutter leaks in this series. The snorkel-sandwich technique is a very viable option especially when four vessels are involved or a sense of urgency when you don't have time

to get a fenestrated graft if it's available in your institution. And we certainly if we have a type two or three thoracoabdominal in parallel grafts we tended to stage those to decrease the paraplegia rate. Thank you very much for your attention.

- Yeah, thank you very much. Unfortunately Dierk Scheinert couldn't come, so thankfully he's allowed me here to take this presentation over so thanks a lot for this. So these are the latest 5-year results of the INCRAFT device from Cordis Devices currently under FDA review not yet approved

in the US, but in Europe. These are the conflict of interests, this is (mumbles). So this device is a three-piece modular system, low porosity polyester. You can bilaterally in-situ length adjust it up to 3cm. And the main feature I think with this device

is it's a low-profile device, 13 Fr inside 14 Fr outside except the biggest body which has an outer diameter of 16 Fr. The innovation study that was 60 patients, you can see here some objectives. So the question was whether you could deploy it

accurately where you wanted to have it without any type I, III, and IV endoleaks and of course there were also some other primary and secondary endpoints and again follow-up had to be done up to five years. This is a busy slide just showing you,

please look to the right side, to show you that there were quite some violations of the recommendations in which kinds of anatomies to implant this craft. Here for example neck lengths less than 10mm, here were some patients implanted.

Also angulations over 60 degrees, three patients, there were some thrombus in the neck, and here you can see aortic bifurcation smaller than 18mm, there were quite some patients and especially the iliac sealing length was shorter than 10mm in nearly 50% of the patients

and also the diameter of the external iliac arteries were nearly 50% lower than 7mm. Here the freedom from endoleaks type I was one at 30 days which has been resolved and another one developed after 30 days which also has been involved. No type III.

Stent graft patency after 30 days also 100% and otherwise also no other adverse events with this device at thirty days. So to answer the question with this device to the first question of (mumbles) will lighter fabrics and stent material decrease EVAR durability?

Will there be more endoleaks I, III, or IV? You can see here the long-term data so no Ia endoleak developed over four and five years, there was one Ib endoleak which developed at four years which also was apparent at five years. No type III endoleak.

One graft patency failure with a (mumbles) occlusion here at four years which also was here at five years. No migration, one fraction of the (mumbles) proximal third graft, otherwise it was very safe. You can see here once again the Kaplan-Meier curve for type I endoleaks through five years here

with type Ib here later on, and this is the patency Kaplan-Meier curve also showing here the good patency at five years, and this is freedom from second large vent. Here I don't have any data whether this is type II endoleak or not so this still has to be reported and clarified.

So to conclude the INCRAFT performed well on long-term while overcoming more difficult access morphologies. The endograft can be utilized in patients with demanding access and vessel morphology, and there are more studies ongoing.

There is one in the US and Japan where we wait for long-term data, 190 patients and also from Europe's 180 patients also there we still wait for long-term data. Thank you.

- Thank you very much, Gustavo, you read the abstract so now my task is to convince you that this very counter-intuitive technique actually works, you are familiar with Petticoat, cover stent to close a proximal entry tear and then uncover stents, bear stents, downstream. This what it would look like when we open up

the bare stent, you know dissect the aorta. So here's a case example, acute type B with malperfusion, the true lumen is sickle shaped, virtually occluded. So we use Petticoat, and we end up with a nice reopening of the true lumen, it is tagged here in green, however if you look more closely you see that here

wrapping around the true lumen there is a perfused false lumen. This is not an exception, not a complication, this is what happens in most cases, because there are always reentries in the celiac portion of the aorta.

So the Stablise concept was introduced by Australian group of Nixon, Peter Mossop in 2012, after you do the Petticoat, you are going to voluntarily balloon inside both the stent graft and the bare stents in order to disrupt, to fracture the lamel, obtain a single-channeled aorta.

This is what it looks like at TEE, after deployment of the stent graft, you see the stent graft does not open up completely, there is still some false lumen here, but after the ballooning, it is completely open. So the results were immediately very, very good, however technique did not gain a lot of consensus,

mainly because people were afraid of rupturing the aorta, they dissect the aorta. So here's a Stabilise case, once again, acute setting, malperfusion, we do a carotid subclavian bypass because we are going to cover the subclavian artery, we deploy

the cover stent graft, then with one stent overlap, we deploy two bare stent devices all the way down to the iliacs and then we start ballooning from the second stent down, so you see Coda balloon is used here, but only inside the cover stent with fabric.

And then more distally we are using a valvuloplastic balloon, which is noncompliant, and decides to be not larger than the aorta. So, I need probably to go here, this is the final result, you can see from the cross-sections that the dissection is completely gone and

the aorta is practically healed. So you might need also to address reentries at the iliac levels, attention if you have vessels that only come from the false lumen, we want to protect them during the ballooning, so we have a sheath inside this target vessel, and we are

going to use a stent afterwards to avoid fragments of the intima to get into the ostium of the artery. And this is a one-year control, so as you can see there is a complete remodeling of the aorta, the aorta is no longer dissected, it's a single channel vessel, here we can see stents in two vessels that came

from the false lumen, so very satisfactory. Once again, please remember, we use compliant latex balloons only inside the the cover stent graft, and in the bare stents we use non-compliant balloons. We have published our first cases, you can find more details in the journal paper, so in conclusion,

dear colleagues, Stabilise does work, however we do need to collect high-quality data and the international registry is the way to do this, we have the Stabilise registry which is approved by our ethical committee, we have this group of initial friends that are participating,

however this registry is physician initiated, it's on a voluntary base, it is not supported by industry, so we need all the possible help in order to get patients as quickly as possible, please join, just contact us at this email, we'd be more than happy to include everybody who is

doing this technique according to this protocol, in order to have hard data as soon as possible, thank you very much for your attention.

- Dear chairman, dear colleagues and friends, it's my pleasure to be again with you. Nothing to declare. In our experience of CCSVI and angioplasty we have more than 1,300 patients with different neurological disorders. Not only MS, but also migraine,

lateral amyotrophic sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, left sided amaurosis. We published our data with an emphasis on the safety of the procedure. We had virtually zero percent of serious complication. What about the clinical improvement?

In fact, we noticed function improvement in more than 62.5% of these patients. And in fact, the group of Pierfrancesco Veroux showed similar between 50 and 60% of the patients restoring the normal blood venous flow. In fact, in their work was shown that the type

of anatomic disturbance, anatomic feature is very important predictor if the flow will be restored by the simple PTA. And the most important into the brave dream trial was also that, in fact, the restoration of the flow was achieved in around 70% of the patients.

And exactly in these 70% of the patients with restored flow like Paulo emphasized already, there were lesion, 91% of them were lesion-free on the MRI, and 77% of them were lesion-free on the six-month. We performed a substudy regarding the hypercapnia

and hypoxaemia of the jugular veins in the CCSVI-positive patients. And what we have described in this 178 patients with CCSVI and 50 healthy control group. In fact, we established that the patients CCSVI-positive the venous sample by the jugular veins was typical

with hypercapnia and hypoxaemia in desaturation, huge desaturation with improvement after the balloon angioplasty in all three parameters. What was the reason for that? In fact, in nine patients of our group we examined, the perfusion, the nuclear perfusion of the brain

before and after the treatment. I'm here presenting non-positive for MS young patient without MRI demyelization. And but on the brain perfusion he had deep hyperperfusion on the left side, and the patient was complaining with deep fatigue.

And we saw practically full occlusion of the enominate vein. And after the recanalization using first coronary and after it peripheral balloons, and in this particular case we had to stent finally. And you see still persistence of a huge crossover collateral even after ballooning.

But after stenting we saw practically full restoration of the flow. You see in less than three to four seconds it was very interesting to see on the perfusion imaging, nuclear perfusion, full restoration of the flow of this gentleman.

So this is very important to emphasize that there is direct relationship between the blood gas disturbances on the brain level, and demyelinization process. What about the PTA? It's probably not the optimal treatment.

We have to establish reliable clinical and anatomical predictors for vascular and clinical success in order to answer the important questions: who will be vascular responders, or MRI responders, and finally the clinical responders in this group of patients?

And concluding, ladies and gentlemen, the CCSVI is a real vascular pathologic entity and is probably a trigger for more than one neurologic degenerative disorder. Endovascular treatment, balloon, PTA, and stenting of CCSVI is feasible and safe.

Methods and strategies improving the early and late patency rate have to be elaborated because the good clinical result is strongly dependent on the vascular patency and flow restoration. And thank you very much for your attention.

- Good Morning. Thank you very much Dr. Veith, it is an honor and I'm very happy to share some data for the first time at this most important meeting in vascular medicine. And I do it in - oops, that's the end of my talk, how do I go to the --

- [Technician] Left button, left, left. - Okay. So, what we heard on Tuesday were some opinions, of course opinions are very important in the medical field, we heard some hypothesis.

But what I think is critical for the decision-making physician is always the facts. And I would like to discuss some facts in relation to CGuard and the state of the field of carotid revascularization today. One of the most important facts for me,

is that treating symptomatic patients is nothing to be proud of, this is not a strength, this is the failure of the system. Unfortunately today we do continue to receive patients on optimum medical therapy

in the ongoing studies, including the paradigm study that I will discuss in more detail. So if you want to dismiss large level scale level one evidence, I think what you should be able to provide methodologically is another piece of large level one scale evidence.

The third fact is conventional carotid stents do have a problem, we heard about this from Dr. Amor. This is the problem of carotid excess of minor strokes, say in the CREST study. The fact # 4 is that Endarterectomy excludes the problem of the carotid block from the equation

so carotid stents should also be able to exclude the plaque, and yes there is a way to do it one of the ways to do it is the MicroNet covered embolic prevention stent system. And there is intravascular evidence from imaging we'll hear more about it later

that yes it can do this effectively but, also there is evidence from now more that 3 studies with magnetic resonance imaging that show the the incidence of ipslateral embolization is very low with this system. The quantity of the material is very low

and also the post procedural emoblisuent issue is practically eliminated. And this is some examples of intervascular imaging just note here that one of the differences between different systems is that, MicroNet can adapt to simple prolapse

even if it were to occur, making this plaque prolapse protected. Fact # 6 that I think is also very important is that the CGUARD system allows routine endovascular reconstruction of the carotid bifurcation and here is what I mean

as a routine CEA-like effect of endovascular procedure you can minimize residual stenosis by using larger balloons and larger pressure's than we would've used with conventional carotid stent and of course there is not one patient that this can be systematically achieved with different types of plaques

different types of protection systems and different patient morphologies Fact # 7 is that the level of procedural risk is the critical factor in decision making lets take asymptomatic carotid stenosis How does a thinking physician decide between

pharmacotherapy and intervention versus isolated pharmacotherapy. The critical factor is the risk of procedure. Part of the misunderstandings is the fact that we talk often of different populations This contemporary data the the vascular patients

are different from people that we see in the street Of coarse this is what we would like to have this is what we do not have, but we can apply and have been applying some of the plaque risk criteria Fact # 8 is that with the CGUARD system

you can achieve, systematically complication level of 1%, peri procedurally and in 30 days There is accumulating evidence from more than 10 critical studies. I would like to mention, Paradigm and Paradigm in-stent study because

this what we have been involved in. Our first 100 patient at 0.9% now in nearly 300 patients, the event rate is 1.2% and not only this is peri procedural and that by 30 days this low event rate. But also this is sustained through out

now up to 3 years This is our results at 36 months you can see note here, very normal also in-stent velocities so no signal of in-stent re stenosis, no more healing no more ISR signal. The outcome Difference

between the different stent types it is important to understand this will be driven by including high risk blocks and high risk patients I want to share with you this example you see a thrombus containing

a lesion so this patient is not a patient to be treated with a filter. This is not a patient to be treated with a conventional carotid stent but yes the patient can be treated endovascularly using MicroNet covered embolic prevention stent and this is

the final result. You can see that the thrombus is trapped behind the stent MicroNet and Final Fact there's more than that and this is the data that I am showing you for the first time today, there are unmet needs on other vascular territories

and CGUARD is perfectly fit, to meet some of those need. This is an example of a Thrombus containing a lesion in the iliac. This is the procedural result on your right, six months follow up angiogram. This is a subclavian with a lot of material here

again you can preform full endoovascular reconstruction look at the precession` of the osteo placement This is another iliac artery, you can see again endovascular reconstruction with normal 6 month follow up. This is another nasty iliac, again the result, acute result

and result in six months. This is another type of the problem a young man presented with non st, acute myocardial infarction you can see this VS grapht here has a very large diameter. It's not

fees able to address the native coronary issue here So this patient requires treatment, how to this patient: the reference diameter is 7.5 I treated this patient with overlapping CGUARD's This is the angio at 3 months , and this is the follow up at 6 months again

look at the precision of the osteo placement of the device ,it does behave like a balloon, expandable. Extending that respect, this highly calcific lesion. This is the problem with of new atherosclerosis in-stent re stenosis is wrongly perceived as

the proliferation of atheroscleroses tissue with conventional stents this can be the growth of the atherosclerotic plaque. This is the subclavian, this is an example of the carotid, the precise stent, 10 years down the line, symptomatic lesion here

This is not re stenosis this is in-stent re stenosis treated with CGUARD and I want to show you the final result at 2 years. I want to thank you for your attention. Say that also, there is the issue of aneurism that can be effectively addressed , Thank you

- [Presenter] Thanks Bill. And again I have no disclosures to make on this particular presentation. So, in terms of variance, the anterior accessory GSV is not a variant. It's present in most of us, but it's an unusual cause of primary varicose veins,

although a very common cause of secondary varicose veins after primary treatment. It runs parallel to the great saphenous vein, in the saphenous space, and courses a bit more anteriorly in the thighs, so that on ultrasound, you'll see a lining here,

in this case inside the saphenous space, aligning with the superficial femoral artery and the femoral vein. In some cases, it can be the primary saphenous vein along the medial aspect of the thigh, in association with hypoplasia of the great saphenous vein

as listed on the left, and the right picture with aplasia of the great saphenous vein. And many times physicians are treating what they think is the great saphenous vein, and really it's this embryologic variant,

the anterior accessory vein, with a different takeoff. A different vein to talk about in terms of variance is the superficial accessory saphenous vein. It's present in many patients. It's really a tributary of the great saphenous vein,

running in the subcutaneous fat outside the superficial fascia that eventually joins into the great saphenous vein. So on this longitudinal view, it creates this sort of appearance with the great saphenous vein below its entry

as a smaller caliber vein. Consequently, it has the name of the H-vein, and on ultrasound, below the level of its joining with the great saphenous vein, the great saphenous vein is small,

and in this particular case with varicose veins, associated with reflux in the superficial accessory saphenous vein. It's a larger caliber, and then up higher, you can see that it drains into the great saphenous vein, and it's no longer visible.

The small saphenous vein has a lot of variability related to the differences in its termination on the posterior aspect of the calf and the thigh. Many patients have what we can call saphenopopliteal junction dominant drainage, and other patients have what we might consider

thigh extension dominant drainage. It's a spectrum, most patients have these connections, and if you look carefully, you'll find the thigh extension connection even in the majority of patients that have primarily saphenopopliteal junction termination.

The termination higher on the thigh can be into a perforator on the back of the thigh, it can be into the gluteal venous system in the pelvis, and it can travel up through an intersaphenous or Giacomini vein toward the inner thigh,

and sometimes to the great saphenous vein. Duplications of the deep system are very common, particularly in the femoral vein in up to 20% of the patients. Isolated popliteal vein duplications are uncommon, but in association with femoral duplications

occur in up to 6% of the variations. These duplications all travel through the adductor canal and follow the normal course of the vein. In contrast, remnants of the sciatic vein can introduce different variants. The sciatic vein is an embryonic vein

that was the primary drainage of the lower limb in a very small fetal stage. At some point, most of it regresses, and so the popliteal vein, which is the sciatic vein remnant, eventually connects up with the pelvic circulation

through the common femoral vein and the external iliac vein which develop later. The saphenous remnants regress, with the exception of the popliteal vein, and portions of the internal iliac vein. A true sciatic vein variant is a less common variant,

where the popliteal vein is in continuity with a large caliber vein that follows the sciatic nerve up into the pelvis, draining into the internal iliac vein. But in contrast, sciatic vein remnants are not uncommon,

and it's not unusual for one to find the primary drainage of the popliteal vein not going through the adductor canal, but to ascend upward variable lengths along the course of the sciatic vein, to eventually terminate either in the femoral vein directly

or into the deep femoral vein up higher, with or without hypoplasia, or in rare cases, aplasia of the femoral vein. And so it's important to recognize these variants in distinction to post-thrombotic changes

in the femoral vein. When you have a small vein, that small vein can be normal anatomically by all other features, and may represent a variant rather than a post-thrombotic complication.

And this was recognized by Dr. Raju in 1991 in a publication where he demonstrated venograms in a patient with a post-thrombotic femoral vein, and well-formed collaterals between the popliteal vein and the profunda, in contrast to this patient,

which had no post-thrombotic changes in the femoral vein, but well-defined congenital variation connections between the popliteal vein and the deep femoral vein. So in summary, superficial venous variability is related to the variable terminations

of the small saphenous vein, the anterior accessory saphenous vein, which is inside the saphenous sheath, superficial accessory saphenous veins, which are outside the saphenous space. It's important to recognize deep vein variablity,

'cause you want to avoid false negative diagnoses of acute deep vein thrombosis by not recognizing thrombosis in a duplication, and you want to avoid false positive diagnoses of post-thrombotic syndrome

- Speaking about F/EVAR and Ch/EVAR, and try to prove that the evidence of Ch/EVAR is solid, especially in some circumstances also better than the evidence about F/EVAR. Well, let's try to define this title. Durability of Ch/EVAR is solid if the procedure is done right.

And I think this is very, very crucial. We heard and we know the PERICLES Registry tried to evaluate this technique, collecting the worldwide experience from 13 US and European university centers, and published in annals of surgery.

And also, the PROTAGORAS study focused exactly on the performance of the Endurant device in order to avoid this heterogeneity which we had in the study (mumbling) published literature up to now. Focusing exactly on the Endurant device

in combination with balloon expandable covered stent. And based on these two registries and studies, we identified four key points, four key factors, which we'd like to give you as take home message in context to have the Ch/EVAR technique as solid procedure. So, we learned that the technique performs very well

if we use the technique for single or maximum double chimney grafts. We highlighted how important it is for this technique to use suitable combinations between aortic stent-graft and chimney devices. And we learned also, how important is the oversizing.

We have to have enough fabric material to wrap up the chimney grafts of 30% of the aortic stent-grafts. And in this context, we highlighted also the importance of creating a new sealing zone of 20 millimeter in order to have durable results.

Which is also very important is to know when we should probably avoid to perform the technique, and I would like also to highlight these points. So, we learned in case of excessive thrombus formation in the thoracic, especially also LSA, we have to be very, very careful with this technique,

because of course, we have the risk of cerebral vascular events. We learned also that performance of this technique in a neck diameter of more than 30 millimeter is associated with high risk of Type 1A endoleaks, which will be persistent, and which probably

lead to failure of the treatment. Which also learned is to evaluate very carefully the morphology of the renal arteries, especially focus of the calcification of the stenosis, and also of the diameter. And last but not least, it's very important to

have access to the suitable materials for renal cannulations, and also experience. So, if we consider these key points of doing and not doing chimneys, I think we have a very good base to have durable and good results over the time. And we have seen that.

You saw it very nicely (mumbling) the changes of the diameter pre and postoperative, but you forgotten to highlight that there was highly significant in the PERICLES and in the PROTAGORAS Registry. Also, what we have seen is that

more than 90% of the patients had stable or shrinkage of the sac after a CT follow up of two years. And here's a very nice overview of the Kaplan-Meier curves, highlighting that the technique performs very well in this specific combination of the Endurant devices,

abdominal device, and abdominal chimney grafts like the Advanta. Having a very nice chimney graft patency of almost 96%, and a freedom from chimney graft later interventions of 93%. Very important is also if we create these very good sealing zone of two centimeters.

We have a very, very low incidence of new Type 1A endoleaks needed reintervention. And here is an example of a case which had a very short sealing after the previous treatment with chimney for the left renal artery, and over the time was necessary to extend the sealing zone,

creating these durable solution and transformating from single to triple chimney, as we can see here. So, this is very important to know and to highlight. In context of the better or not better for F/EVAR, we can see now the results, and we've compared with meta analysis of F/EVAR.

We see that the results are similar. Keeping in mind also that in F/EVAR, we involve the SMA either as scallop or as bridging device, and we don't have evidence about the SMA outcomes and the SMA patency because most of the patient probably who will die, and will not perform autopsy

for each patient if it has an SMA occlusion or not, so I believe it is underestimated the really incidence of survival after F/EVAR. And also, regarding the patency, we have also in this context, similar results after chimney compared to the patency of the bridging device after F/EVAR.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I believe we've considered these key points. We can achieve very good results performing Ch/EVAR, having as a solid and valuable procedure for our patients. Thank you very much.

- I have no disclosures. So I'm going to show you some pictures. Which of the following patients has median arcuate ligament syndrome? A, B, C, D, or E? Obviously the answer is none of these people.

They have compression of their celiac axis, none of them had any symptoms. And these are found, incidentally, on a substantial fraction of CT scans. So just for terminology, you could call it celiac compression

if it's an anatomic finding. You really should reserve median arcuate ligament syndrome for patients who have a symptom complex, which ideally would be post-prandial pain with some weight loss. But that's only I think a fraction of these patients.

Because most of them have sort of non-specific symptoms. So I'm going to say five things. One, compression of the celiac artery is irrelevant in most patients. It's been found in up to 1/3 of autopsies, MRIs, diagnostic angiography, CT.

This is probably about par, somewhere in that 5% or 10% of CT scans that are in asymptomatic patients will have some compression of the celiac axis. The symptoms associated with median arcuate ligament syndrome are non-specific,

and are really not going to tell you whether patients have the disease or not. So for instance, if you look here's like 400 CT scans, 19 of these patients had celiac compression. But the symptom complex in patients

who had abdominal pain for other reasons looked exactly the same as it did for people who had celiac compression. So symptoms isn't going to pull this apart. So you wind up with this kind of weird melange of neurogenic, vascular,

and you got to add a little psychogenic component. Because if any of you have taken care of these people, know that there's a supertentorial override that's pretty dramatic, I think, in some fraction of these people. So if you're not dizzy yet, the third thing I would say,

symptom relief is not predicted by the severity of post-operative celiac stenosis. And that's a little distressing for us as vascular surgeons, because we think this must be a vascular disease, it's a stenotic vessel. But it really hasn't turned out that way, I don't think.

There's several papers, Patel has one just in JVS this month. Had about a 66% success rate, and the success did not correlate with post-op celiac stenosis. And here's a bigger one,

again in Annals of Vascular Surgery a couple years ago. And they looked at pre- and post-op inspiratory and expiratory duplex ultrasound. And basically most patients got better, they had an 85% success rate. But they had patients,

six of seven who had persistent stenosis, and five of 39 who didn't have any symptoms despite improved celiac flow. So just look at this picture. So this is a bunch of patients before operation and after operation,

it's their celiac velocity. And you can see on average, their velocity went down after you release the celiac, the median arcuate ligament. But now here's six, seven patients here who really were worse

if you looked at celiac velocity post-op, and yet all these people had clinical improvement. So this is just one of these head scratchers in my mind. And it suggests that this is not fundamentally a vascular problem in most patients. It goes without saying that stents are not effective

in the presence of an intact median arcuate ligament. Balloon expandable stents tend to crush, self-expanding stents are prone to fracture. This was actually published, and I don't know if anybody in the audience will take credit for this.

This was just published in October in Vascular Disease Management. It was an ISET online magazine. And this was published as a success after a stent was put in. And you can see the crushed stent

because the patient was asymptomatic down the road. I'm not discouraging people from doing this, I'm just saying I think it's probably not a great anatomic solution. The fifth thing I'd say is that comorbid psychiatric diagnoses are relatively common

in patients with suspected median arcuate ligament syndrome. Chris Skelly over in Chicago, they've done an amazing job of doing a very elaborate psych testing on everybody. And I'll just say that a substantial fraction of these patients have some problems.

So how do you select patients? Well if you had a really classic history, and this is what Linda Riley found 30 years ago in San Francisco. If they had classic post-prandial pain with real weight loss and a little bit older patient group,

those people were the easiest and most likely to have a circulatory problem and get better. There are some provocative tests you can do. And we did a test a few years ago where we put a catheter in the SMA and shoot a vasodilator down,

like papaverine and nitroglycerin. And I've had patients who spontaneously just said, "That's the symptoms I've been having." And a light bulb went off in our head and we thought, well maybe this is actually a way you're stealing from the gastroduodenal collaterals.

And this is inducing gastric ischemia. I think it's still not a bad test to use. An alternative is gastric exercise tonometry, which is just incredibly elaborate. You got to sit on a bicycle, put an NG tube down to measure mucosal pH,

get an A-line in your wrist to check systemic pH, and then ride on a bike for 30 minutes. There's not many people that will actually do this. But it does detect mucosal ischemia. So for the group who has true circulatory deficiency, then this is sort of a way to pick those people up.

If you think it's fundamentally neurogenic, a celiac plexus block may be a good option. Try it and see if they react, if maybe it helps. And the other is to consider a neurologic, I mean psychologic testing. There's one of Tony Sadawa's partners

over at the VA in Washington, has put together a predictive model that uses the velocity in the celiac artery and the patient's age as a kind of predictive factor. And I'll let you look it up in JVS. Oddly enough,

it sort of argues again that this is not a circulatory problem, in that the severity of stenosis is sort of inversely correlated with the likelihood of success. So basically what I do is try to take a history,

look at the CTA, do inspiratory and expiratory duplex scans looking for high velocities. Consider angiography with a vasodilator down the SMA. If you're going to do something, refer it to a laparoscopist. And not all laparoscopists are equal.

That is, when you re-op these people after laparoscopic release, you often times find a lot of residual ligament. And then check post-operative duplex scans, and if they still have persistent symptoms and a high-grade stenosis,

then I would do something endovascular. Thank you.

- Thank you. Thank you again for the invitation, and also my talk concerns the use of new Terumo Aortic stent graft for the arch. And it's the experience of three different countries in Europe. There's no disclosure for this topic.

Just to remind what we have seen, that there is some complication after surgery, with mortality and the stroke rate relatively high. So we try to find some solution. We have seen that we have different options, it could be debranching, but also

we know that there are some complications with this technique, with the type A aortic dissection by retrograde way. And also there's a way popular now, frozen elephant trunk. And you can see on the slide the principle.

But all the patients are not fit for this type of surgery. So different techniques have been developed for endovascular options. And we have seen before the principle of Terumo arch branch endograft.

One of the main advantages is a large window to put the branches in the different carotid and brachiocephalic trunk. And one of the benefit is small, so off-the-shelf technique, with one size for the branch and different size

for the different carotids. This is a more recent experience, it's concerning 15 patients. And you can see the right column that it is. All the patients was considered unfit for conventional surgery.

If we look about more into these for indication, we can see four cases was for zone one, seven cases for zone two, and also four cases for zone three. You can see that the diameter of the ascending aorta, the min is 38,

and for the innominate artery was 15, and then for left carotid was eight. This is one example of what we can obtain with this type of handling of the arch with a complete exclusion of the lesion, and we exclude the left sonography by plyf.

This is another, more complex lesion. It's actually a dissection and the placement of a stent graft in this area. So what are the outcomes of patients? We don't have mortality, one case of hospital mortality.

We don't have any, sorry, we have one stroke, and we can see the different deaths during the follow-up. If we look about the endoleaks, we have one case of type three endoleak started by endovascular technique,

and we have late endoleaks with type one endoleaks. In this situation, it could be very difficult to treat the patient. This is the example of what we can observe at six months with no endoleak and with complete exclusion of the lesion.

But we have seen at one year with some proximal type one endoleak. In this situation, it could be very difficult to exclude this lesion. We cannot propose this for this patient for conventional surgery, so we tried

to find some option. First of all, we tried to fix the other prosthesis to the aortic wall by adjusted technique with a screw, and we can see the fixation of the graft. And later, we go through the,

an arrangement inside the sac, and we put a lot of colors inside so we can see the final results with complete exclusion. So to conclude, I think that this technique is very useful and we can have good success with this option, and there's a very low

rate of disabling stroke and endoleaks. But, of course, we need more information, more data. Thank you very much for your attention.

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