- 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
- Okay, thank you. We know that inflammatory AAA have quite low incidence. The main problem is related to the thickness of the aortic wall and to the retroperitoneal fibrosis that involves the organs that are close to the aorta. Open surgery is quite difficult for these reasons. And these imply a higher mortality rate
that is threefold the one for standard AAA. And the higher morbidity related to the surgical dissection in fibrosis with risk of iatrogenic injury of the involved organs. So that some authors suggest the supraceliac clamping. That of course have some other issues.
A recent paper suggests that a pre-op treatment with a cortical steroid therapy can be useful to reduce inflammatory signs and so minimize the operative risk for these patients. On the other hand, endovascular treatment has been proposed since 1997 with different outcomes.
Certainly mortality rate is lower when compared to open surgery, and even the one year mortality is lower. But we have a problem with periaortic fibrosis that does not decrease as well as with open surgery. And there is some progression, in some cases, with higher nephrosis that leads
to other types of complication. This is not a standard. You see in this paper that there is no problem with periaortic fibrosis after endovascular treatment. But in other papers, the situation is different. There is a worsening fibrosis and even the development
of fibrosis after standard EVAR in patients with no history of inflammatory AAA. And certainly the phenotype eg4 seems to be related to a worse outcome after EVAR. So, based on this situation, what we have done in the last year is to use a systemic steroid protocol
for our patients with inflammatory AAA that is the same that is used for arteritis and retroperitoneal fibrosis. And you see how impressive is the situation in this case. We had only four days of therapy, and we have a decrease in periaortic fibrosis of 28%.
We studied all our patients with PET/CT. We made a comparison with the patient with standard AAA, and we observed an increased level of captation that was really significant. This is our population. All of the patients had immunological screening,
and the evaluation of the inflammatory level. This is the operative situation. All the patients had a good result with no mortality at 30 days. Only one patient died three months later for other reasons. And what we observed is that in almost all cases,
the periaortic fibrosis reduced significantly with the, even with PET/CT. All the patients were asymptomatic. And all the patients with hydronephrosis have a release of the situation. You see that the diameter of the aorta decreased
of 9.76 millimeters, and there was a decrease in periaortic fibrosis of more or less one centimeters. So this is really significant, as you can see. And there was a reduce in the uptake for all the patients but one. We don't know exactly, he had a type two endoleak.
Don't know if this can be a correlation because it's a single patient. And another patient stopped corticosteroid therapy, and so there was a recurrence of this problem. The CRP reduced globally, but of course, it's not specific. So in some patients we had an increase for other reasons.
But our policy now is that we do EVAR, when feasible, associated to steroid therapy. That, in our practice, is effective. We use open surgery in patients unfit for standard EVAR, and probably, even for these patients, steroid therapy can be a choice.
- I wanted to discuss this topic because some of us are more sensitive to DNA damage than others. And it's a complicated ethical issue. I have a disclosure in that I developed a formulation to premedicate patients prior to CT and x-ray. We all know that we stand in fields of radiation for most of our careers,
and we also know that many of us have no hair for example on the outside of our left leg. This is a picture that a bunch of us took for fun demonstrating this. But this is in fact radiation dermatitis. We know that the founders of our field
suffered consequences from the chronic high doses that they received in the 1920's. And they lost digits, they lost ears, they lost noses any many of them died of cancers or cardiovascular disease. The mechanism of injury is the x-rays
impinge upon water molecules in our cells. They create free radicals. These free radicals bind with our DNA and then Oxygen binds with that site resulting in an oxidative injury which can be reduced by the use of anti-oxidants.
I studied this over the last eight or nine years and I looked at the issue of chronic low dose radiation. Now this is different from the data that we collect from Nagasaki and Hiroshima and from Chernobyl and elsewhere. There are cancer risks but there
are also cardiovascular risks. And there are risks from chronic inflammation from increased reactive Oxygen species circulating with our system. I've been in touch with the IAEA recently about this and they didn't actually
realize that we don't wear our badges. So they thought the data they were getting on the doses that we were receiving were accurate. So that was a very interesting conversation with them. So cardiologists have been known
to get lifetime doses of of over one Gray. There's a lot of literature on this in public health literature. For example for every 10 milliSieverts of low dose ionizing radiation and received by patients with acute MI's,
there's a 3% increase in age and sex adjusted cancer risk in the follow-up five years. There's an excellent paper from Kings College London demonstrating that when endovascular surgeons were studied with two specific immunofluorescence tests, P53 and H2 alpha,
they were able to demonstrate that some endovascular surgeons are more sensitive to radiation dose than others. So why would that be? Well it's interesting if you look at this genetically and you look at the repair mechanisms
and in this whole thing I think in fact the lens is kind of the canary in the coal mine. When you get radiation induced cataracts, it's in the posterior chamber of the lens not the middle or anterior, which is where age-related injury occurs.
And this is the germinal layer or reproductive layer. The growth layer in the lens itself. And this is where cataracts develop. And this is really kind of a harbinger I think of injury that occurs elsewhere in our system. We know that when we wear DLDs on our chest,
on our bodies, on our arms, that the dose to the left side of our head is six times higher than to the right. In fact they dosed the left lens as higher than the right. And most of us who have lens replacements have it of the left eye.
This literature from adjacent fields that we may no be aware of. In the flight safety literature for pilots and stewardesses. There's extensive literature on cosmic radiation to flight crews who's doses annually are in the same range as ours.
So when you look at medical staff, you have to look at the overall context of the human in the Angio suite. Many of our medical staff will not be well. They may have chronic cardiac disease. They may be on say drugs for auto
immune disease or Methotrexate. They may have other illnesses such as Multiple Myeloma. They may have antibiotics on board that alter the DNA repair ability like Tetracycline. And they have chronic stress and sleep dysfunction. Cigarettes and alcohol use.
All of these things decrease their ability to repair DNA damage. If you look at DNA repair mechanisms, there are constantly the terms BRCA1 and two, PARP, P53, and ATM that show up. And deficiencies in these,
I'm going to skip all this to show you, can result in increased injury from a same dose being received by two different individuals. Now who is at risk from this is well understood in adjacent fields.
Here are 37 references from the public health literature related to mutations and SNPs or polymorphisms in DNA structure known to cause increased sensitivity to radiation. So I would propose that in, and here are papers on that topic
in adjacent fields that we don't read. So when we talk about personalized medicine for our patients, we need to also think about personalized career choices based on our DNA repair ability when we decide what we do. This has to be done in the context
of empathetic compassionate approach. It may begin with screening based on family history and personal history, and then advance in the right context to genetic screening through mutations and SNPs that can decrease their ability
to repair DNA damage from our occupational exposure. I'll skip all this because I'm out of time. But one other issue to think about, mitochondrial DNA is inherited purely maternally. So maternal DNA damage, mitochondrial DNA damage could be transmitted across generations
in female interventionalists. Also screening is important. It's emotionally complex. It's ethically complex. But it's an important conversation to begin to have. Thank you.
- Yes, thank you very much. And it's a pleasure to discuss this topic. My disclosure's obvious. And I want, this is the layout and I want to start with some sensible arguments that tell us to chose the best option for our patients and that we have to take extension of disease
into consideration. And for those patients who expect to live longer go for a durable repair. And I want to show you a quick few examples that are important. This is a standard fenestrated graft with a type one
endoleak so an indication mistake that we had to repair with a very complex graft within a branches. And fortunately it went well and now it seals off completely. This is another case and again this standard EVAR. It should probably have never been done.
You can see where the graft lies. And we look at the proximal sealing zone and we like to look at the sagittal images and we want to have a durable repair and here because it's fairly easy we do a full fenestration graft.
This is another case and again I'm appealing at be careful with your indications. You can see the aneurysm and you look at the infrarenal neck while for us this is not a infrarenal neck at all. This is a diseased Aorta. And where in the old days we would probably have done
a standard FEVAR we now aim look at the red line for a longer sealing zone to make sure that it is durable. And this is the CT Scan at five years. You can now probably say that this aneurysm has been cured as this proximal landing zone has been stable for all these years.
And almost the same case with one little difference you can see the infrarenal neck that it none existing. You can see the sagittal view, it seems to tell you yes, a triple FEVAR will work. But we didn't take into account that the descending Thoracic Aorta was dilated.
You can see it here, 36, 37 millimeters. And we planned this triple FEVAR, we were happy with it. But if you follow this patient you will see that if he lives long enough this is not a suitable landing zone. So we should have done a more impressive repair going a little bit higher
because this is a complex case to repair. And we repaired it with another fenestrated graft up to the Thoracic Aorta, as you can see it's not easy. And the end result was fine but this of course is a far more complex and extensive repair. I don't know if I jumped one, yes.
So a little bit of scientific evidence because we moved away from double fenestrated towards triple fenestrated and we asked ourselves is triple and quadruple fenestrated associated with a higher mortality and mobility? And you can see our series here and the updated figures with more than 200 patients in each arm.
But more importantly look at the changes overtime. A standard fenestrated repair in blue has virtually disappeared in our center. And that is because we aim to have a longer sealing zone. You can see the evolution of the sealing zone going from so to speak 25 millimeters to 45 millimeters
to make sure that these patients have a durable repair. If you look at the results while it's fairly simple because there are no statistical significant differences with regard to technical success 30-day mortality was 0.7% in 454 patients so no statistical differences.
You can imagine the target vessel patency are fine. We only have two problems with a SMA, one with each group and all the other SMA's are doing very well. And actually interestingly, no difference in freedom from re-intervention. And if you look at the estimated survival
interestingly at three years the survival was higher in the complex group compared to the standard FEVAR group. But the over statistics don't show any difference of course. So really, my take home message and the lessons we learnt is that standard EVAR not FEVAR, standard EVAR should only be done in good neck anatomy.
For us, triple FEVAR has replaced double FEVAR and if you have problems higher up you better start immediately with quadruple FEVAR to be able to extend later. And the goal of all of that is to achieve more durable results
and an easier repair in case of extension of disease. Thank you very much for your attention.
- Yeah, thank you Mr. Chairman. These are my disclosures. Well, we know that the Heli-FX EndoAnchor System provide fixation and seal in aortic necks, and it can prevent or resolve migration or endoleaks. It's important to have an even spacing around aortic circumference and
to resolve type 1A endoleaks, you need successful, of course, deployment of EndoAnchors and adequate penetration into the aortic wall. The objectives for this study was to quantify the EndoAnchor penetration into the aortic wall in patients undergoing EVAR
and to assess the predictors of successful penetration and to associate that with postprocedural type 1A endoleaks. We searched in the ANCHOR database, and we included patients that has been treated for a type 1A endoleak, and we had to have a good quality
first postprocedure contrast-enhanced CT scan without any artifacts due to metal or glue, and without implantation of adjuvant aortic extension cuffs or stents. And then we selected two patient cohorts, patients with successful treatment
after the implantation of EndoAnchors for a type 1A endoleak, and patients with a persistent type 1A endoleak after the EndoAnchor implantation. Well, this is to show how we determined the position of the EndoAnchors, this is a good penetrating EndoAnchor
more than two millimeters in the aortic wall. This is borderline, and this means there is still a gap between the endograft and the aortic wall or the EndoAnchor itself is penetrating less than two millimeters. And this of course, a non-penetrating EndoAnchor.
The good ones are green, the borderlines are orange, and the non-penetrating are flagged red. Here are results, the anatomical criteria to predict type 1A endoleaks, as you can see here, at the left, in the type 1A endoleak patients, there is a larger aortic diameter
with a median of 30 millimeters, and neck length is shorter, less than one centimeter, compared to the patients with no endoleak. Then about the EndoAnchor penetration, in the patients with a persistent type 1A endoleak, there are significantly more EndoAnchors
which are borderline or non-penetrating. What are the predictors for a successful EndoAnchor penetration. Well, protective factors, oversizing of the endograft compared to the diameter of the infrarenal aortic neck, and the use of the endurant stents.
Independent risk factors are the aortic diameter at the lowest renal artery, and five and 10 millimeters below more than 30 millimeters, a significantly neck thrombus and calcium around the circumference and also a more than two millimeter thickness.
Predictors for a type 1A endoleak, protective factors is the neck length more than one centimeter, and good penetrating EndoAnchors and risk factors for a type 1A endoleak is, again, the aortic diameter five millimeters
below the lowest renal artery more than 30 millimeters, and also boerderline and non-penetrating EndoAnchors and in this logistic regression model, a non-penetrating EndoAnchor is really predictive for a type 1A endoleak, or a persistent type 1A endoleak. A few cases, this is an excellent job,
there are four EndoAnchors placed, and they all penetrate well, although they are not circumferentially divided around the circumference. The majority of the problems in the patients in the ANCHOR database, if a persistent type 1A endoleak
is mainly due to an incorrect indication, these are EndoAnchors red and orange, non-penetrating and borderline. That is because they are above the fabric, or they are in a no-neck aneurysm, so the indication is not correct.
This is again, a patient with an undersized endograft, of course, the EndoAnchors will never penetrate the aortic wall at a post-serial part of the aorta. This is another example of misdeployment, a huge load of calcium and thrombus, and again, to defined a no-neck aneurysm,
and again, well it's obvious that the EndoAnchors will not do their job. These are then the EndoAnchor distribution in successfully treated type 1A endoleaks at the left, 332 EndoAnchors, but if you select only the patients
with an EndoAnchor which are inside recommended use at the right, you can see that more than 90% of those EndoAnchors are good penetrating. Here are the patients at the left with a persistent type 1A endoleak, 248, and you can see the majority is red or orange,
and that means that majority of those patients had an EndoAnchor deployment beyond the recommended use. So to conclude, good EndoAnchor penetration is less likely when there is large aortic diameter, the EndoAnchor is not perpendicular to the stentgraft during deployment,
and it's beyond the recommended use, more than two millimeters of thrombus, not in the infrarenal neck, or a gap more than two millimeters. And in borderline or non-penetrating EndoAnchor, it's predictive for a type 1A endoleak.
Thank you very much.
- Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Ladies and gentleman. I'd also like to thank Dr. Veith for the kind invitation. This presentation really ties to the presentation of Erik Verhoven, I believe. These are my disclosures. So we basically have, obviously, two problems. We treat a dynamic disease by fairly static means.
One of the problems, a local problem, is aortic neck degeneration which is the problem basically of progression of disease. We know in general if you stent them, if you operate them, if you don't treat them they will just dilate and it's a question of time
whether you have a problem or not. So, they will inevitably, if patients live long enough, cause a change of geometry of the aorta and the branch vessels and that cause obviously, that can cause stent fractures and other problems.
That's just one of many papers Erik also has shown a migrated graft. With his fenestrated grafts showing that the problem is also prevalent in M stents and Z stents, and obviously also in
as in the Fenestrated Anaconda. So I'll talk briefly about our experience. In Vienna where we have treated so far 179 patients with either double, triple, or quadruple fenestrated grafts. Majority nowadays are quadruple in our series
where we have also treated patients with extensions of thoracic stent grafts or extensions further down to the iliac arteries. In these patients we've had relevant neck degenerations in five cases. Where either the branches had issues
or the graft had migrated relevantly. And these basically represent three different faces of the problem. So one is neck degeneration with migration and loss of seal. Certainly the biggest problem that can cause ruptures. That's one of the cases in 2015
what is certainly important is to have a look at the super celiac area of the aorta and you see it's degenerated, it's dilated. So we have a nice ring of aorta at the visceral segment but above it wasn't. And it was a
you see the saddle of the stent graft and one and a half years later the saddle (cough) has flattened out. We've had a stent fracture of the left renal stent.
We screwed it with anchors and fixed the stent graft. We believe that's going to be the solution. We were wrong. Yet anothe leak and a further migration of the case.
So we had to put in a thoracic endograft and bring in a 4 fen and a mono-iliac crossover solution. The other problem would be neck degeneration or progression of disease without migration or loss of seal. As in this case where we have implanted a 4 fen case and you can see here that there is
a diseased proportion of the thoracic aorta. Could look like a penetrating ulcer. And again we had to put in a thoracic stent graft and a 4 fen solution with a mono-iliac ending and a crossover. What's more important, I believe,
is the progression of general, generalized aortic disease. So there is no real migration, as in this case in 2013. You can see a nice saddle and very straight iliac limbs. 2018 you can see that the saddle is actually flattened out. Renal arteries look upwards, so you would actually believe in
a migration of the stent graft. Also if you look at the iliac limbs you can see that they have actually compressed somewhat. But if you look closely at the difference between the ring and the SMA, so that's lateral view, you can see that there is no difference.
The stent graft actually has not migrated. What happened is that the patient developed a thoracic aneurysm of 7.5cm and the whole aorta is not only increased in diameter but also in length. So the whole thing has moved its confirmation without basically a migration of the
not yet. So, Mr Chairman, Ladies a lessons we have learned is- and I could also repeat wh
seal in the healthiest proportion of the aorta. So if you see a nice visceral ring and above that you see a diseased proportion of the aorta, as in this case, where you have already a degenerated thoracic aorta.
You should really treat this as well and not go for a 2 or 3 fen case. And also the progressio the general progression of disease is an issue. So even if you have no migrations
you may end up with real problems and target vessel occlusions or stent graft fractures. 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.
- These are my disclosures. So I'd like to just highlight first the Einstein PE DVT study. And just to tease out the cancer population, yeah, it this study. So as you can see, the cancer group, small in number with the rivaroxaban
versus the low molecular weight heparin and warfarin. And you can see the incidence of VTE in that population and the hazard ratio. And then bleeding, of course also once again, a small number of patients with a
you can see the incidence of bleeding in this patient population as well. Also like to take the AMPLIFY trial with apixaban and just tease out the cancer population. Little smaller in this group. As you can see, 81 patients in the apixaban group
and 78 in the enoxaparin warfarin group. And you can see the incidence of VTE in this cancer patient population. And I put side by side here the bleeding risk in each of the groups. As you can see, 2.3 and 5.0
in the patients getting enoxaparin and warfarin. The Hokusai study then was published, and this was in New England Journal and Medicine this past year. And this looked at low molecular weight heparin and then edoxaban, and then of course, dalteparin.
200 units per kilogram for the first month and then dalteparin. Clearly showing, looking at this population and looking at outcome. So let's look at recurrence rate in the edoxaban versus dalteparin.
And you can see it's 6.5 versus 10.3% direct comparison. And major bleeding was 6.3% in the edoxaban group and 3.2% in the patients getting dalteparin. The next study that came out looking at the DOACs, this was the SELECT-D trial. And in this trial they looked at rivaroxaban
versus dalteparin once again over a six month period. And what did they find in this study? They found that 11% recurred in the dalteparin group versus 4% in the patients receiving rivaroxaban. The major bleeding incidence was 6%
in the patients getting rivaroxaban and 4% in the patients getting dalteparin. So you can see that the DOACs maybe have a place in this patient population, so that they might be effective. And finally the ADAM study, which will be published soon,
just similar to the rivaroxaban study. Looking at apixaban versus dalteparin. Same model but we don't have any data on this study at this point in time. So the 2018
NCCN Guidelines and the ISTH guidelines of 2018, both show and list now that the DOACs can be part of the process of treating patients with cancer and DVT. So yes, I believe DOACs are ready for prime time. Selection is based on the cancer and cancer is important. Accepting the risk of bleeding as you saw.
We must consider concomitant chemo therapy and the ability to tolerate oral anticoagulants. Thank you very much.
- 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 Louie, that title was a little too long for me, so I just shortened it. I have nothing to disclose. So Takayasu's arteritis is an inflammatory large vessel vasculitis of unknown origin. Originally described by Dr. Takayasu in young Japanese females.
The in-di-gence in North America is fairly rare. And its inflammation of the vessel wall that leads to stenosis, occlusion or aneurysmal formation. Just to review, the Mayo Clinic Bypass Series for Takayasu's, which was presented last year, basically it's 51 patients, and you can see
the mean age was 38. And you can see the breakdown based on race. If you look at the early complication rate and we look at specific graft complications, you had two patients who passed away, you had two occlusions, one stenosis, one graft infection.
And one patient ruptured from an aneurysm at a distant site than where the bypass was performed. If you look at the late complications, specifically graft complications, it's approximately 40%. Now this is a long mean follow up: this is 74 months, a little over six years.
But again, these patients recur and their symptoms can occur and the grafts are not perfect. No matter what we do we do not get superb results. So, look at the graft outcomes by disease activity. We had 50 grafts we followed long-term. And if you look at the patency, primary patency
right here of active disease versus non-ac it's significantly different. If you look at the number of re-interventions it's also significantly different. So basically, active disease does a lot worse
than non-active disease. And by the way, one of our findings was that ESR is not a great indicator of active disease. So we're really at a loss as to what to follow for active or non-active disease. And that's a whole 'nother talk maybe for another year.
So should endovascular therapy be used for Takayasu's? I'd say yes. But where and when? And let's look at the data. And I have to say, this is almost blasphemy for me
to say this, but yes it should be used. So let's look at some of the larger series in literature and just share them. 48 patients with aortic stenosis fro all were treated with PTA stenting.
All were pre-dilated in a graded fashion. So they started with smaller balloons and worked up to larger balloons and they used self expanding stents in all of them. The results show one dissection, which was treated by multiple stents and the patient went home.
And one retro-paret-tin bleed, which was self limiting, requiring transfusion. Look at the mean stenosis with 81% before the intervention. Following the intervention it was 15%. Systolic gradient: 71 milligrams of mercury versus 14. Kind of very good early results.
Looking at the long term results, ABI pre was .75, increased to .92. Systolic blood pressure dropped significantly. And the number of anti-hypertensive meds went from three to 1.1. Let's look at renal arteries stenosis.
All had a renal artery stenosis greater than 70%. All had uncontrolled hypertension. They were followed with MRI or Doppler follow up of the renal arteries. So, stents were used in 84% of the patients. Restenosis occurred in 50% of them.
They were, all eight were treated again, two more developed restenosis, they ended up losing one renal artery. So at eight years follow up, there's a 94% patency rate. What about supra-aortic lesions? And these are lesions that scare me the most for endovascular interventions.
Carotids, five had PTA, two had PTA plus stent. Subclavian, three PTA, two PTA. One Innominate, one PTA plus stent. One early minor stroke. I always challenge what a minor stroke is? I guess that's one that happens to your ex mother-in-law
rather than your mother, but we'll leave it that way. Long term patency at three years, 86%. Secondary patency at three years, 76%. Fairly good patency. So when Endo for Takayasu's, non-active disease is best. The patient is unfit for open surgery.
I believe short, concentric lesions do better. In active disease, if you have to an urgent or emergent, accept the short term success as a bridge to open repair. If you're going to do endovascular, use graded balloons or PTAs, start small. Supra-aortic location, short inflation times
I think are safer. And these three, for questions for the future. I guess for the VEITHsymposium in three years. Thank you.
- Thank you, honored to present this work on behalf of our group at the VA, the Michael E. DeBakey VA in Houston, led by Dr. Kougias. Disclosures are here, Dr. Kougias does consultation for Cook Medical. So compared to EVAR, FEVAR has greater lower extremity ischemic times due to larger sheaths,
visceral cannulation, complexity of procedures. And lower extremity complications have been reported as high as 15%, but there's not been a careful analysis of this. So we decided to look at the incidence of lower extremity sensory or motor deficit
after FEVAR, and to look specifically at lower extremity ischemic time, iliac artery occlusive disease, and lower extremity neurologic impairment after FEVAR. So this is a retrospective study over a four-year period. Early experience with our FEVAR cases was included,
and we generally used bilateral femoral access. Iliac stenotic lesions were dilated when required to allow an 18 or 20 French sheath to be placed. Graft alignment was achieved by centering the graft over at least two sheaths in the visceral arteries
before releasing the diameter-reducing wire. Visceral stents were used for all fenestrations and selectively for some scallops. We used perfusion adjunct techniques selectively, such as antegrade 7 French sheath placement into the FSA or sometimes a Dacron conduit into the common
femoral artery, which allows you to retract the sheath. A primary outcome was neurologic impairment. Secondary outcomes were major amputations and ability to ambulate at 30 days after surgery. We measured continuous lower extremity ischemic time from the time of the large sheath insertion into
the femoral artery until it was removed. If we used perfusion adjuncts, we measured the time from the sheath insertion to the perfusion initiation via the adjunctive modality, and the longest ischemic time for each extremity was recorded. We measured common iliac artery lumen diameters.
It was the distance of inner wall to inner wall, the narrowest segment of each common iliac artery. And we entered this as a binary variable based on eight millimeters. Statistics, we did both uni- and multivariate analysis, and I'll just run through that here quickly.
And we did an interaction model looking at the association between lower extremity ischemic time, size of the residual patent common iliac artery lumen versus neurologic impairment in the lower extremities. So there was 101 FEVAR patients with 202 limbs.
Percutaneously done in 16% of cases, we used perfusion adjuncts based on understanding of the case and how long it was going to take. Conduit in eight cases, and antegrade SFA sheath placement in three cases. The configurations are shown here.
Majority were one scallop and two fens, and the ischemic times are shown there. Operative time was about three hours was the average, but the standard deviation was 122 minutes. You can see the fluid requirements there. We looked at intra- and postoperative transfusions.
Then we looked at patients with neurologic impairment. So there were 18 patients who had some neurologic impairment postoperatively. 12 of these patients has mild sensory loss, eight has complete sensory loss, and only two had motor dysfunction.
The deficits tended to resolve within four days, almost all within 14 days. But we had four limbs with persistent sensory deficits, and only one with a persistent motor deficit. Two patients could not ambulate normally at 30 days. No patient underwent an amputation.
If you look at the univariate analysis, limb ischemic time, common iliac lumen less than eight millimeters, intraoperative blood loss, change in hemoglobin, and total transfusion all seem to indicate lower extremity motor dysfunction or sensory dysfunction.
But on multivariate analysis, there are only two factors: limb ischemic time and common iliac artery diameter less than eight millimeters. If you looked at the interaction model we prepared, if the common iliac artery diameter was less than eight millimeters after about two and
a half hours of continuous ischemia, the incidence of neurologic impairment went up. This went up more slowly if it was more than three hours if the iliac artery diameter is greater than eight millimeters. So, in conclusion, lower extremity permanent
neurologic impairment is very low after FEVAR, but there is a relatively high instance of reversible neurologic impairment associated with two things: extremity ischemic time and the presence of pre-existing occlusive disease in the common iliac artery.
We acknowledge this was a single center study. We weren't able to look at extent of aortic coverage or associated spinal cord ischemia, but we conclude that when you anticipate long ischemic times based on the iliac artery diameter, you should consider adjunctive perfusion techniques.
- I'd like to thank Dr. Veith, program committee, and the moderators for the honor of presenting on this topic. Here's my disclosures, not relevant to this topic. One fairly large randomized trial, and a handful of retrospective studies have shown benefit to anticoagulation
and the patency of either prosthetic or high risk vein bypasses. And this data's formed the primary basis for what is common, but not universal surgical practice which is aspirin for standard vein bypasses or prosthetic to the above knee popliteal artery.
And then the addition of warfarin for prosthetic bypass below the knee or high risk conduits or poor outflow. But really, guidelines for medical therapy after low extremity bypass are weak and high variable. SVS guidelines recommend only antiplatelet therapy
and specifically say that evidence is inadequate to comment on anticoagulation. And guidelines from other important societies are largely silent on this topic as well. Of course we know that our bypass patients have other indications for anticoagulation.
Their coronary disease, there's cerebrovascular disease, and so ultimately, about 25 or 30% of bypass patients are discharged on anticoagulation. Enter the NOACs or the Novel Oral Anticoagulants. Instead of working on Vitamin K dependent factors, they either directly inhibit factor 10A or thrombin itself.
And many of the advantages are well known. These are approved for non-valvular AFib, DVT and PE, and I highlight a few of the approval dates here. I highlight dabigatran and rivaroxaban because these are two captured in the VQI data registry
that I'm going to highlight and show some data on. We hypothesize in this analysis that my colleagues and I performed that these are increasingly utilized as off-label anti-thrombotic therapy in PAD, and specifically in bypass patients.
And we wanted to do an analysis to look at the contemporary utilization of NOACs and their impact on graft outcomes and limb outcomes. WE looked at 19,000 bypasses in the VQI over three years. Now, we stared in 2014 because that's when NOACs were first captured in this data.
When you exclude patients who had less than one year follow up, and some other patients, we're left with about 7,100 bypasses, of whom about 3.5% were discharged after bypass on a NOAC, 21% on warfarin, 76% with none.
This graph plots the utilization over time of NOACs and warfarin. We see that warfarin utilization went from 24% on discharge in the beginning, to 15% over the time period and then correspondingly, NOACs increased from 0.6% of discharges to 6%.
We naturally looked at a lot of bypass patient characteristics to figure out which patients had been selected for either warfarin or NOAC, and they were actually similar. Tibial bypasses, prosthetic bypasses, and long operative times, that should be 300 minutes,
were all chosen for, at some form of anticoagulation. When we look at patency of bypasses on warfarin and NOACs, we see that those bypasses that are not placed on anticoagulation have superior primary patency and that bypasses on warfarin and NOACs have inferior and not different between the two.
The same holds true for assisted patency. And the same holds true for secondary patency where bypasses on anticoagulation inferior to those not on anticoagulation and no significant difference between warfarin and NOACs. When we look at freedom from major adverse limb events,
we see that again, a similar trend. Patients on warfarin and NOAC have inferior freedom from major adverse limb events compared to patients on no anticoagulation after their bypass. Naturally, we did multi varied analysis to look and see
if these were independent predictors of failure. And in fact, they were. Both warfarin and NOAC, even when you control for a variety of patient anatomic characteristics, both were independently associated with failed patency at the hazard ratios you see.
Other predictors of patency were things that are commonly described to date. Same thing is true with major amputation and major adverse limb events. Both warfarin and NOAC were independently associated with major adverse limb events after bypass.
Other factors associated with MALE have been described in the literature as well. So certainly, there are a lot of limitations to this sort of analysis. The registry might not capture important factors that influence the selection of patients
who receive NOACs or their outcomes. This is also limited by the fact that the only NOACs captured in this analysis are dabigatran and rivaroxaban, not the more newly approved NOACs. And this follow-ups naturally limited to one year.
But based on this retrospective data, we see that NOACs and warfarin are utilized after infrainguinal bypass in high-risk patients with high-risk graph characteristics. NOAC utilization is definitely increasing while warfarin is decreasing.
At one year, NOACs and warfarin were associated with worse mid-term graft outcomes and limb related outcomes even after controlling for other factors. And there was really no difference in the outcomes between NOACs and Coumadin. There's a lot of ongoing work in this area.
The COMPASS trial does include some patients of small minority who had previous low extremity revascularization, though they certainly were not all bypasses. Upcoming data from the Voyager-PAD trial where low dose rivaroxaban is tested against aspirin alone
may shed some light on optimal management of anticoagulation. But certainly, based on this data, ongoing study of the impact of NOACs on graft-related and limb-related outcomes is warranted. Thank you very much.
- Thank you, and thanks to Dr. Veith for the opportunity to share some of our data. These are my disclosures, some devices presented here are investigational and I want to acknowledge my friend Gustavo, who actually shared some of the slides that we'll show. And I want to reference some of his papers. So a spinal cord ischemia has been presented here
as a devastating complication, after both open and endovascular repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. The spinal drains are routinely used to ameliorate the frequency and also the severity of spinal cord ischemia, the problem with this trains is that they may result inherent morbidity and mortality.
Now, intraoperative neuromonitoring has been used to not only monitor, but also to manage potential cases of spinal cord ischemia, this is a study by the group at the Mayo Clinic, led by Gustavo. 49 patients, of which 90% had thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms, all these patients have spinal drain splice,
spinal cord ischemia was seen in six patients. But interestingly, 63% of the patients had significant decrease in the amplitude of both motor and somatosensory evoked potentials. And interestingly all of these changes came back to baseline except in one patient once
their lower legs were reperfused. However, and despite all of these papers that have, you know, talk about the use of spinal drains for endovascular reparative thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms against the effectiveness of the spinal drains has not been shown.
And the aim of our study was to assess the outcomes of spinal cord protection without the routine use of spinal drains. We actually has some complications in this report, we decided that we were going to use only selectively in our series, the device is used for this in patients
were all part of a physician-sponsored investigational device exemption, demonstrating branch devices were used including the drainage device. We use a similar protocol as the one described by the Mayo Clinic group, which rely on permissive hypertension maintaining the maps above 90 or 100,
and the systolic pressures above 140. However, as mentioned, we did not place spinal drains routinely, the spinal drains were only considered in those patients that had persistent motor evoked potential deficits, at the end of the procedure. Once the legs have been reperfused, we did not use
conduits, we did percutaneous access in all patients. But of note, we did use endo conduits in all patients that have significant iliocclusive disease, not only to be able to deliver the device, but also to maintain flow to the lower extremities, to avoid distal ischemia. So 34 patients were enrolled in this study,
all patients had intraoperative neuromonitoring, and select spinal drains were placed. 10 patients, 29%, were extent 4 thoracoabdominal repairs, and 24 were extent type one to three. Important all patients with type one and three thoracoabdominal aneurysms underwent a staged repair.
We use in 20% of the cases off-the-shelf device is specifically the debranch, and 80% underwent custom made devices, all these devices were pre-loaded with wires. So, of these patients, 73 were male, 9% Type I, 38% Type II, 24% were Type III,
and 29% were Type IV. We saw significant changes in the evoked potentials in 80% of the patients. In all of them those changes came back to baseline except in one patient, who actually had a spinal drain at the end of the procedure.
30-day mortality in two patients, spinal drain was required eventually in only four patients, that's 12%. One because of sustained changes in the motor evoked potentials, spinal cord ischemia occurred in four patients, in all cases secondary to hypertension. After a procedure, in these cases two were permanent,
the cases had spinal drain splice, however, the deficit persisted, two had transient paraplegia, one resolved with permissive hypertension, and one resolved with a spinal drainage, I mean, the spinal drain was only effective in half of those patients. We did have two cases of intracranial bleeding,
associated with hypertension. So in conclusions, we don't believe that the spinal drains are necessary in all patients. A standard protocol that relies on perioperative maintenance of adequate blood pressure in intraoperative neuralmonitoring is however required.
And we believe that tight blood pressure control is mandatory to avoid possible complications related to uncontrolled hypertension, thank you.
- Thank you friends who have invited me again. I have nothing to disclose. And we already have published that as far as the MFM could be assumed safe and effective for thoracoabdominal aneurysm when used according to the instruction for use at one, three, and four years. Now, the question I'm going to treat now,
is there a place for the MFM? Since 2008, there were more than 110 paper published and more than 3500 patient treated. 9 percent of which amongst the total of published papers relating the use of the MFM for aortic dissections. So, we went back to our first patients.
It was a 40 year old male Jehovah Witness that I operated in 2003 of Type A dissection and repair with the MFM in 2010 because he had 11 centimeter false aneurysm. Due to his dissection, this patient was last to follow up because he was taking care full time off of
his severe debilitated son. When we checked him, the aneurysm seven years later shrunk from 11 to 4 centimeters wide. And he's doing perfectly well. Then the first patient we treated seven years ago, same patient with Professor Chocron
Type A dissection dissection repair in 2006. Type B treated with MFM in 2010. We already published that at one year that the patient was doing fine. But now, at three and seven years, the patient was totally cured.
The left renal artery was perfused retrogradely by aspiration. That's a principle that has been described through the left iliac artery. So what's next? Next there was this registry
that has been published and out of 38 patients 12 months follow up, there were no paraplegia, no stroke, no renal impairment, and no visceral insult. And at 12 month the results looked superior
to INSTEAD, IRAD and ABSORB studies. This is the most important slide to us because when you look at the results of this registry, we had 2.6 percent mortality at 30 days versus 11 30 and 30.7 no paraplegia, no renal failure, and no stroke vessel
13 to 12.5. 33 and 34 and 13 and 11.8 percent. With a positive aortic remodeling occurring over time with diminishing the true lumen increasing the true lumen and increasing the false lumen.
And so the next time, the next step, was to design an international, multicenter, prospective, non-randomized study. To treat, to use the MFM, to treat the chronic type B aortic dissection. So out of 22 patients to date,
we had mainly type B and one type A with no dissection, no paraplegia, no stroke, no renal impairment, no loss of branch patency, no rupture, no device failure, with an increase in true lumen and decrease in false lumen that was true at discharge.
That was true at one, three, and six and 12 month. And in regards with the branch occluded from the parts or the branches were maintained patent at 12 and all along those studies. So, of course these results need to be confirmed in a larger series and at longer follow up,
yet the MFM seems to induce positive aortic remodeling, is able to keep all branches patent during follow-up, has been used safely in chronic, acute, and subacute type B and one type A dissection as well. When we think about type B dissection, it is not a benign disease.
It carries at 20 percent when it's complicated mortality by day 2 and 25 percent by day 30. 30 percent of aortic dissection are complicated, with only 50 percent survival in hospital. So, TEVAR induces positive aortic remodeling, but still causes a significant 30 day mortality,
paraplegia event, and renal failure and stroke. And the MFM has stabilized decreased the false lumen and increase the true lumen. Keeps all the branch patent, favorize positive aortic remodeling. So based on these data, ladies and gentleman,
we suggest that the MFM repair should be considered for patients with aortic dissection. Thank you very much.
- Thank you very much. Thank you, Frank, for inviting me again. No disclosures. We all know Onyx and the way it comes, in two formulas. We want to talk about presenter results when combining Onyx with chimney grafts. The role of liquid embolization or Onyx is listed here.
It can be used for type I endoleaks, type II endoleaks and more recently for treatment of prophylaxis of gutters. So what are we doing when we do have gutters? Which is not quite unusual. We can perform a watchful waiting policy, pro-active treatment in high flow gutters,
pro-active treatment low flow gutters, or we can try to have a maximum overlap, for instance with ViaBahn grafts 15 centimeters in length or we can use sandwich grafts in order to reduce these gutters in type I endoleaks. Here, a typical example of a type I leak treated with Onyx.
And here we have an example of a ruptured aneurysim treated with a chimney graft. And here is what everybody means when they're talking about gutters. Typical examples, this is what you get. You can try to coil these
or you can try to use liquid embolization. Here's the end result after putting a lot of coils into these spaces. What are these issues of the chimney-technique type I endoleak? Which are not quite infrequent as you see here.
Most of these resolve, but not all of them. So can we risk to wait until they resolve? And my bias opinion is probably not. Here, the incidents of these type endoleaks is still pretty high. And when you go up to the Arch
the results can even be different. And in our own series published here, type I endoleak at the Arch were as high as 28%. A lot of these don't resolve over time simply because it's a very high flow environment. Using a sandwich technique is one solution
which helps in a lot of cases but not all of these simply because you have a longer outlet compared to a straightforward chimney graft. You can't rely on it. So watchful waiting? There are some advocates who
prefer watchful waiting but in high flow gutters this is certainly not indicated. And the more chimneys you have, like in a thoracoabdominal aneurysm with four chimneys, the less you can wait. You have to treat these very actively,
like you see here, in these high flow areas. Here a typical example, again symptomatic aneurysm with sealing. Here Onyx was used but without any success. So what we did is we had to add another chimney and plus polymer sealing and then we had a good result.
Here some results, only small serious primary gutter sealing using Onyx with good results in a type I leak. But again, this is only a small series of patients. Sandwich technique already mentioned. When you use, like we did here for chimney grafts in the arteries, you do need Onyx otherwise you
always get problems with these gutters and they do not seal over time. Another example where liquid polymer was used. And here again, you see the polymer. The catheter in order to inject the polymer is very difficult to see but with a little bit of experience
you know where you are. And again, here it is, the Onyx, a typical example. Here another example of the Arch, bird beacon effect, extension, chimney graft. Again the aneurysm gets bigger. And so a combination of using proximal extensions
plus chimneys plus liquid embolization solves this problem after quite a long period of time. And here typically is what you see when you inject the Onyx. This does not work in all cases. Here we used Onyx in order to seal up the origin of the end tunnel.
This works very nicely but there is so ample space for improvement and in some cases it's probably better to use a fenestrated branch graft or even the opt two stabler instead of using liquid embolization. Thank you very much.
- 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.
- The only disclosure is the device I'm about to talk to you about this morning, is investigation in the United States. What we can say about Arch Branch Technology is it is not novel or particularly new. Hundreds of these procedures have been performed worldwide, most of the experiences have been dominated by a cook device
and the Terumo-Aortic formerly known as Bolton Medical devices. There is mattering of other experience through Medtronic and Gore devices. As of July of 2018 over 340 device implants have been performed,
and this series has been dominated by the dual branch device but actually three branch constructions have been performed in 25 cases. For the Terumo-Aortic Arch Branch device the experience is slightly less but still significant over 160 device implants have been performed as of November of this year.
A small number of single branch and large majority of 150 cases of the double branch repairs and only two cases of the three branch repairs both of them, I will discuss today and I performed. The Aortic 3-branch Arch Devices is based on the relay MBS platform with two antegrade branches and
a third retrograde branch which is not illustrated here, pointing downwards towards descending thoracic Aorta. The first case is a 59 year old intensivist who presented to me in 2009 with uncomplicated type B aortic dissection. This was being medically managed until 2014 when he sustained a second dissection at this time.
An acute ruptured type A dissection and sustaining emergent repair with an ascending graft. Serial imaging shortly thereafter demonstrated a very rapid growth of the Distal arch to 5.7 cm. This is side by side comparison of the pre type A dissection and the post type A repair dissection.
What you can see is the enlargement of the distal arch and especially the complex septal anatomy that has transformed as initial type B dissection after the type A repair. So, under FDA Compassion Use provision, as well as other other regulatory conditions
that had to be met. A Terumo or formerly Bolton, Aortic 3-branch Arch Branch device was constructed and in December 2014 this was performed. As you can see in this illustration, the two antegrade branches and a third branch
pointing this way for the for the left subclavian artery. And this is the images, the pre-deployment, post-deployment, and the three branches being inserted. At the one month follow up you can see the three arch branches widely patent and complete thrombosis of the
proximal dissection. Approximately a year later he presented with some symptoms of mild claudication and significant left and right arm gradient. What we noted on the CT Angiogram was there was a kink in the participially
supported segment of the mid portion of this 3-branch graft. There was also progressive enlargement of the distal thoracoabdominal segment. Our plan was to perform the, to repair the proximal segment with a custom made cuff as well as repair the thoracoabdominal segment
with this cook CMD thoracoabdominal device. As a 4 year follow up he's working full time. He's arm pressures are symmetric. Serum creatinine is normal. Complete false lumen thrombosis. All arch branches patent.
The second case I'll go over really quickly. 68 year old man, again with acute type A dissection. 6.1 cm aortic arch. Initial plan was a left carotid-subclavian bypass with a TEVAR using a chimney technique. We changed that plan to employ a 3-branch branch repair.
Can you advance this? And you can see this photo. In this particular case because the pre-operative left carotid-subclavian bypass and the extension of the dissection in to the innominate artery we elected to...
utilize the two antegrade branches for the bi-lateral carotid branches and actually utilize the downgoing branch through the- for the right subclavian artery for later access to the thoracoabdominal aorta. On post op day one once again he presented with
an affective co arctation secondary to a kink within the previous surgical graft, sustaining a secondary intervention and a placement of a balloon expandable stent. Current status. On Unfortunately the result is not as fortunate
as the first case. In 15 months he presented with recurrent fevers, multi-focal CVAs from septic emboli. Essentially bacteria endocarditis and he was deemed inoperable and he died. So in conclusion.
Repair of complex arch pathologies is feasible with the 3-branch Relay arch branch device. Experience obviously is very limited. Proper patient selection important. And the third antegrade branch is useful for later thoracoabdominal access.
- Rifampin-soaked endografts for treating prosthetic graf y work? I have no conflicts of interest. Open surgery for mycotic aneurysms is not perfect. We know it's logical, but it has a morbidity mortality of at least 40% in the abdomen and higher in the chest.
Sick, old, infected patients do poorly with major open operations so endografts sound logical. However, the theoretical reasons not to use them is putting a prosthetic endograft in an infected aorta immediately gets infected. Not removing infected tissue creates
an abcess in the aorta outside the endgraft and of course you have to replace the aorta in aorto-enteric fistulas. So, case in point, saccular aneurysm treated with a TEVAR and two weeks later as fever and abdominal pain.
You start out like this, you put an EVAR inside you get an abcess. Ended up with an open ilio-celiac open thoraco with left heart bypass. Had to sew two arches together. But what about cases where you can't
or you shouldn't do open? For example, 44 year old IV drug user, recurrent staph aureus endocarditis, bacteremia, had a previous aorto-bifem which was occluded, iliac stents, many many laparotomies ending in short bowel syndrome and an ileostomy.
CT scan and a positive tag white cell scan shows this. It's two centimeters, it's okay, treat it with antibiotics. Unfortunately, 10 days later it looks like this, so open repair. So, we tried for hours to get into the abdomen. The abdomen was frozen and, ultimately,
we ended up going to endografts so I added rifampin to it, did an aorta union and a fem fem and it looked like this and I said well, we'll see what happens. She's going to die. Amazingly, at a year the sac had totally shrunk. I remind you she was on continuous treatment.
She had her heart replaced again for the second time and notice the difference between the stent at one year to the sac size. So adding rifampin to prosthetic Dacron was first described in the late 1980's and inhibits growth in vivo and in vitro.
So I used the same concentration of 60 milligrams per milliliter. That's three amps of 600, 30 CC's water injected into the sheath. We published this awhile back. You can go straight into the sheath in a Cook.
Looks like this, or you can pre deploy a bit of little Medtronic and sort of trickle it in with an angiocatheter. So the idea that endografts in infected aortas immediately become infected, make it worse. I don't think it's true.
It may be false. What about aorto-enteric fistulas? This person showed up 63 year old hemorrhagic shock, previous Dacron patch, angioplasty to the aorta a few years ago, aorto-duodenal fistula not subtle. Nice little Hiroshima sign
and occluded bilateral external iliac arteries. Her abdomen looked like this. Multiple abdominal hernias, bowel resections, and had a skin graft on the bowel. Clearly this was the option. I'm not going to tell you how I magically got in there
but let's just leave it at that I got an endograft in there, rifampin soaked, sealed the hole and then I put her on TPN. So the idea that you have to resect and bypass, I'll get back to her soon, I think it's false. You don't necessarily have to do it every time. What about aorto-esophageal hemorrhagic shock, hematemesis?
Notice the laryng and esophageus of the contrast, real deal fistula. Put some TEVARs in there, and the idea was to temporize and to do a definitive repair knowing that we wouldn't get away with it. On post update nine, we did a cervical esophagostomy
and diverted the esophagus with the idea that maybe he could heal for a little while. He went home, we were going to repair him later, but of course he came back with fever, malaise, and of course gas around the aneurysm and we ended up having to fix him open.
So the problem with aorto-enteric fistulas is when you put an endograft in them it's sort of like a little boomerang. You get to throw them out and it's nice and it sails around but in the end you have to catch it. So, in the long term the lady I showed you before,
a year and a half later she came back with a retroperitoneal abscess. However, she was in much better shape. She wasn't bleeding to death, she'd lost weight, she'd quit smoking. She got an ax-bi-fem, open resection,
gastrojejunostomy and she's at home. So, I think the idea's, I think it's false but maybe realistically what it is, is that eventually if you do aorto-enteric fistulas you're going to have to do something and maybe if you don't remove the infection
it may make it worse. So in conclusion, endografts for mycotic aneurysms, they do save lives. I think you should use them liberally for bad cases. It could be a bad patient, a bad aorta, or bad presentation. Treat it with antibiotics as long as possible
before you put the endograft in and here's the voodoo, 60 milligrams per mil of rifampin. Don't just put in there, put it in with some semblance of science behind it, put it on Dacron, it may even lead to complete resolution. And I've also added trans-lumbar thoracic pigtail drains
in patients that I literally cannot ever want to go back in. Put 'em in for ten days wash it out. TPN on aorto-enterics for a month, voodoo, I agree, and I use antibiotics for life. Have a good plan B because it may come back in two weeks or two years, deploy them low
or cut out the super renal fixations so you can take them out a little easier. 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.
- Thank you, I have no disclosure for this presentation. Aorotopathy is a different beast as oppose to patients with dissections that we normally see in the elderly population, but we have the same options open surgery, endovascular, and hybrid. If they all meet the indications for surgery so why not open surgery?
We know in high volumes centers the periprocedural mortality acceptable in especially high volume centers. The problem is the experience surgeons are getting less and less as we move into more and more prevalence of endovascular. And this is certainly more acceptable in lower or
moderate high risk patients. So why not be tempted by endovascular in these patients? (to stage hand) Is there a pointer up here? So the problem with aorotopathy is the proximal and distal seal zones and we've already heard some talks today about possible retrograde dissection,
we've also heard about nuendo tear distally and aorotopathy is certainly because of the fragile aorta lend itself to these kinds of problems. But it is tempting because these patients often do very well in the very short term. The other problem with aorotopathy is they often have
dissection with have problems for branch unfenestrated technology and then of course if these dissection septum are near the proximal and distal seal zones, you're going to have a lot of difficulty trying to break that septum with a ballon and possibly causing new
entry tears proximally or distally. Doctor Bavaria and his colleagues from Italy were one of the first ones to do a systematic review and these are not a large number of patients but they combined these articles and they have 54 patients. Again, the very acceptable low operative risk, 1.9%.
But they were one of the first ones to conclude and cation that TEVAR in these patients, especially Marfan's patients in this series carries a substantial risk of early and late complications. They actually cautioned the routine use of endovascular stent grafts.
One of the largest series, again stress, these are not large numbers but one of the largest series was just 16 patients and look at this alarming rate of primary failure. 56% treated successfully, 40% required conversion to open operation and interestingly enough
43% of those patients had mortality. My friend and colleague at the podium, doctor Azizzadeh was given the unbeatable task of arguing for endovascular therapy in Marfan syndrome and the best he can come up with was that midterm follow up demonstrates sizeable numbers of complications but,
he identify area where probably it was acceptable in patients with rupture, reintervention for patch aneurysms and elective interventions in which landing zone was in a synthetic graft. So why not hybrid? Well this seems to be the more acceptable version
of using TEVAR, if you can, in these aorotopathy patients. But this is not a great option because in this particular graft that you see this animation, we're landing in native aortic tissues. So really, what you have to do is you have to combine this and try to figure out a way to create a landing zone,
either proximally or distally and this is a patient and not with Marfan's this time but with Loeys-Dietz, who we had presented recently, previous ascending repair but then presented with horticultural abdominal aneurysm as a result of aneurysm habilitation of a previous dissection and here
you see a large thoracal abdominal aneurysm on the axial and coronal and as many of these patients with aorotopathy express other problems with their multisystem diseases and you can see the patients left lung is definitely not normal there, left lung is replaced with bullae and this is a patient who would not do well
with an open thoracal abdominal repair. So what do you do? You have to create landing zones and in this particular patient, he had a proximal landing zone so we were able to just use a snorkel graft from the mnemonic but distally we had to do biiliac debranching grafts to to all his vistaril arteries
and then land his stent-graft in the created distal zone and as you can see, we had an endoleak approximately and thank goodness that was just from a type II endoleak from the subclavian artery which we were able to take care of with embolization and plugs.
And there is his completion C.T. So not all aorotopathy is the same, this is a patient who presented with a bicuspid aortic valve and a coarctation and I would submit to you, this is not a normal aorta. This is probably a variant of some sort of aorotopathy,
we just don't have a name for it necessarily, and do these patients do well or do worst with endovascular stent-graft, I just don't think we have the data. This particular patient did fine with a thoracic stent-graft but this highlights the importance of following these patients and being honest with the patients family and the
patient that they really do have to concentrate on coming back and having closer follow up in most patients. So in summary, I think endovascular is acceptable in aorotopathy if you're trying to save a life, especially in an acute rupture or in an emergency situation, but I think often we prefer to land these
endovascular stent-graft in synthetic. Thank you very much.
- Thanks (mumbles) I have no disclosures. So when were talking about treating thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms in patients with chronic aortic dissections, these are some of the most difficult patients to treat. I thought it would be interesting
to just show you a case that we did. This is a patient, you can see the CT scrolling through, Type B dissection starts pretty much at the left subclavian, aneurysmal. It's extensive dissection that involves the thoracic aorta, abdominal aorta,
basically goes down to the iliac arteries. You can see the celiac, SMA, renals at least partially coming off the true and continues all the way down. It's just an M2S reconstruction. You can see again the extent of this disease and what makes this so difficult in that it extends
from the entire aorta, up proximally and distally. So what we do for this patient, we did a left carotid subclavian bypass, a left external to internal iliac artery bypass. We use a bunch of thoracic stent grafts and extended that distally.
You can see we tapered down more distally. We used an EVAR device to come from below. And then a bunch of parallel grafts to perfuse our renals and SMA. I think a couple take-home messages from this is that clearly you want to preserve the branches
up in the arch. The internal iliac arteries are, I think, very critical for perfusing the spinal cord, especially when you are going to cover this much. And when you are dealing with these dissections, you have to realize that the true lumens
can become quite small and sometimes you have to accommodate for that by using smaller thoracic endografts. So this is just what it looks like in completion. You can see how much metal we have in here. It's a full metal jacket of the aorta, oops.
We, uh, it's not advancing. Oops, is it 'cause I'm pressing in it or? All right, here we go. And then two years post-op, two years post-op, you can see what this looks like. The false lumen is completely thrombosed and excluded.
You can see the parallel grafts are all open. The aneurysm sac is regressing and this patient was successfully treated. So what are some of the tips and tricks of doing these types of procedures. Well we like to come in from the axillary artery.
We don't perform any conduits. We just stick the axillary artery separately in an offset manner and place purse-string sutures. You have to be weary of manipulating around the aortic arch, especially if its a more difficult arch, as well as any thoracic aortic tortuosity.
Cannulating of vessels, SMA is usually pretty easy, as you heard earlier. The renals and celiac can be more difficult, depending upon the angles, how they come off, and the projection. You want to make sure you maintain a stiff wire,
when you do get into these vessels. Using a Coda balloon can be helpful, as sometimes when you're coming from above, the wires and catheters will want to reflux into that infrarenal aorta. And the Coda balloon can help bounce that up.
What we do in situations where the Coda doesn't work is we will come in from below and a place a small balloon in the distal renal artery to pin the catheters, wires and then be able to get the stents in subsequently. In terms of the celiac artery,
if you're going to stent it, you want to make sure, your wire is in the common hepatic artery, so you don't exclude that by accident. I find that it is just simpler to cover, if the collaterals are intact. If there is a patent GDA on CT scan,
we will almost always cover it. You can see here that robust collateral pathway through the GDA. One thing to be aware of is that you are going to, if you're not going to revascularize the celiac artery you may need to embolize it.
If its, if the endograft is not going to oppose the origin of the celiac artery in the aorta because its aneurysmal in that segment. In terms of the snorkel extent, you want to make sure, you get enough distal purchase. This is a patient intra-procedurally.
We didn't get far enough and it pulled out and you can see we're perfusing the sac. It's critical that the snorkel or parallel grafts extend above the most proximal extent of your aortic endograft or going to go down. And so we take a lot of care looking at high resolution
pictures to make sure that our snorkel and parallel grafts are above the aortic endograft. This is just a patient just about a year or two out. You can see that the SMA stent is pulling out into the sac. She developed a endoleak from the SMA,
so we had to come in and re-extend it more distally. Just some other things I mentioned a little earlier, you want to consider true lumen space preserve the internals, and then need to sandwich technique to shorten the parallel grafts. Looking at a little bit of literature,
you can see this is the PERCLES Registry. There is a number of type four thoracos that are performed here with good results. This is a paper looking at parallel grafting and 31 thoracoabdominal repairs. And you can see freedom from endoleaks,
chimney graft patency, as well as survival is excellent. This was one looking purely at thoracoabdominal aneurysm repairs. There are 32 altogether and the success rates and results were good as well. And this was one looking at ruptures,
where they found that there was a mean 20% sac shrinkage rate and all endografts remained patent. So conclusion I think that these are quite difficult to do, but with good techniques, they can be done successfully. Thank you.
- 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.
- Thanks Stephan, yes I just want to give you five tips and tricks that I've learnt with my experience to this technique, and also then I'll present some results from the Ascend International Trials. I have an obvious disclosure that is important to show.
So, I do think that custom-made devices or phenostate graphs are the gold standard in this area of the difficult neck to aneurysm, but there are constraints with it, both financially and atomically, and of course its not the perfect solution
so we still need to strive to find better solutions for patients and indeed an off the shelf solution is very useful especially in emergency situations. I think we're all quite surprised by the outcomes from parallel grafts.
I certainly, when I saw this originally thought this was never going to work but actually, the results from standard evar with chimneys are really quite good. There is however always the potential for gutter endoleaks when aligning
parallel grafts with conventional EVAR stents which are not really designed for this purpose. So, endovascular sealing with parallel grafts offers a solution to this with the prevention potentially of gutter endoleaks because the polymus bag will seal alongside
the parallel grafts. And in practice this works quite well so you can position two, three or even four parallel grafts alongside the nellix sealing device to give yourself a really good seal and an example is shown here on the CT.
So tips for getting good outcomes from this, well the first is an obvious one, but its to plan very carefully, so do think you need to be very cautious in your planning of these with regard to multiple levels of the technique
including access, the type, length, and the nature of the parallel grafts you're going to use. I'll talk a bit more about the neck lengths but aneurysm lengths as well because there are some restraints with the
nellix device in this regard. You need to take very carefully about seal both proximally and distally and I do think you need to do this in a hybrid theater with experienced operators. I mentioned neck lengths and my Tip two is
you have to not compromise on neck quality and neck length. So you need straight healthy aorta of at least 15mm, of less than 30 diameter and a low thrombus burden. If you do compromise you'll see situations as the one on the photograph shows
where you get migration stents so you must not compromise on the quality and length of your aortic neck and if that means doing more chimneys, do it that's not a major problem but if you compromise on neck,
you will have problems. I mentioned the parallel grafts, again this is part of the planning but we use balloon expandable stents of a reasonable length to ensure that you get at least a centimeter into each of the branches
and you have to be careful to position these above the polymer bags so that they don't become constrained by the polymer bags from the nellix device. You have to be very careful when positioning these so the tip four is watch the parallax in
two different angles to be sure, as in the case here, that you line up all your stents appropriately and that you don't get crushing of any of the individual stents. So parallax is vital. And th
ltiple levels of redundancy in the nellix system which you can use to your advantage to ensure you get a good seal. So here's an example where the bags you can see are not entirely filled using the primary fill.
And it is quite difficult because often you get polymer pressures that are slightly erroneous in the endo bags. So use the redundancy including what's called the secondary fill of these bags so you can adequately fill the bags
right up into the aortic neck and ensure a very good proximal seal. So what are the results, well this is the post-market registry of Ch-EVAS this is an open-label study with no screening and I'll just show you a few slides of the data
on 154 de-novo procedures, which are a combination of single, double triple, and even quadruple chimneys. And if we look firstly at outcomes at 30 days the outcomes are good, that you'd expect in these difficult anatomies,
so 2.6% mortality and stroke, and just two cases of temporary renal failure. And if we look out 12 months, the freedom from aneurysm related and all cause mortality is favorable and comparable with any of the other endovascular techniques
in these difficult anatomies, in the upper 90 percents. And endoleak rates, you pretty much eradicate type two and type three endoleaks, but remember this is only 12 months, and very low levels of type one endoleak
and its really the type one endoleaks that are difficult to fix and if you ensure that proximal neck is adequate this shouldn't occur. And finally just secondary interventions, again this is out 12 months. Secondary Interventions are low and again
I think with the tips that I've shown you, you can reduce this to an absolute minimum. So this does offer an off the shelf alternative I don't think in any way this is to match the current gold standard which to me is the custom-made devices, but it's a very useful
adjunct to the techniques we have, and again provides that off the shelf solution which in emergencies and urgent cases is essential. Don't compromise on your neck, the outcomes I think, in this group are promising, but of course, the long term durability is
absolutely essential so it's important we follow these patients out to at least 5 years. Thank you.
- 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.
- I'm going to give you an update on where we are with the Gore Retrograde Single Branched Endovascular devices. These are my disclosures. There are a number of things to consider when this device was first envisioned and it goes back to the question of
left subclavian artery coverage in TEVAR. As we know about 40% of TEVAR procedures result in coverage of the LSA to either zone two or more proximal. And this obviously can be for different reasons, most of the time it's to enable
a longer and straighter landing zone in the arch and potentially to mitigate against bird-beaking. So the current options we're all familiar with, LSA coverage without revascularization and the various ways to ensure that the
left subclavian artery is revascularized and now of course Chimney snorkel and Branch and Fenestration although less common than the open surgical approaches are beginning to come into favor, but there is limited available supporting data.
In terms of the risk of left subclavian artery without revascularization. We're familiar with those from posterior strokes, spinal cord ischemia, left arm ischemia type type II endoleak
and the risk of surgical LSA revascularization as you're familiar with from open surgical approaches. So it's really a balancing act between surgical and no revascularization. Obviously there's a range of treatment strategies for doing revascularization every patient,
to an every elective patient, to selective revascularization, or when only when anatomically indicated, and we're familiar with those. Rather absolute indications. And as again we balance out the potential risk as well.
Obviously a single side branch device can take up the challenge of this, by again addressing the left subclavian artery and eliminating the risk of any phrenic nerve injury. Again, it enables profusion and it reduces the surgical risk of an open procedure.
Some of the things that we've learned to mitigate against risk from single side branch involve, obviously, snaring the through and through wire in the descending thoracic aorta, staying out of the arch for any manipulations. I think that one thing about this particular device
that is beneficial, although possibly not unique, is that there is the side branch portal allows for flexible device positioning as you can see in this particular patient. Actually the lateral tortuosity in the arch is actually of a greater or shorter radius of curvature
that you can actually see in our normal looking at it rotational. And that again you can afford that some ability to have flexibility in terms of device positioning to still allow a seal and getting good patency. Another thing we've learned, of course,
to mitigate against the risk of embolization, perhaps through air, is back bleeding through this particular device. So this is now a prescribed technique of putting the device partially into the sheath and allow back bleeding
in an attempt to try and mitigate against any air gasping introduced. And this again is an effort to try and flush the delivery system. In terms of stroke impact, again we know again,
this is just one example from the literature left clavian artery covered with revascularization has a higher stroke rate than coverage with revascularization, and from the MOTHER Registry we know that whether it's done as a stage procedure,
not which it was done in 60% of cases. Of all cases it was done about 30%. That the stroke rate was lower with revascularization as opposed to no revascularization. And again, the single side branch allows that to happen and in the initial experience,
the stroke rate in zone two was 3.2%. Again, this is just an example of using an access from in the through and through wire, having a five French access in the arm certainly is less invasive. Here you can see ballooning of the entire side branch,
again to ensure patency throughout, in terms of the initial pivotal trial there was only one case that had a loss of side branch patency this was between one and six months the patient was at a patent side branch at one month
and was occluded although not clinically symptomatic on a CT at six months. And you can see that represents a 96.8% patency. So in conclusion, selective revascularization, whoops. There we go.
Is the standard of care in TEVAR patients to date. Some evidence shows that supports that revascularization may result in lower stroke and spinal cord ischemia rates but not statistically significant surgical procedure for revascularization carries risk and next generation TEVAR devices
intend to able LSA perfusion while reducing surgical risk. The feasibility arm of the GORE TAG device showed associated surgical revascularization without significant risk or complication. Thanks 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 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 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.
- 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.
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