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Adapting to a total endovascular approach for complex aortic aneurysm repair: Outcomes after fenestrated and branched endovascular aortic repair
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Vascular Surgery.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Vascular Surgery, ISSN 0741-5214, E-ISSN 1097-6809, Vol. 66, no 5, p. 1349-1356, article id S0741-5214(17)31065-0Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: This study reports the feasibility of adopting a total endovascular approach for the treatment of complex abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) at a European aortic center and compares the short- and midterm results against those from large and multicenter studies.

METHODS: All patients treated endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) for juxta/pararenal AAAs or thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs), both elective and acute, as well as reoperations, from 2010 to 2015 were included. Treatment was fenestrated (FEVAR) or branched (BEVAR), and outcomes were analyzed for technical success and mortality at 30 and 90 days and by Kaplan-Meier curve estimates at 3 years. Outcomes on target vessels were reported as freedom from branch instability in the follow-up period. Reinterventions, endoleaks and perioperative and postoperative morbidities were analyzed.

RESULTS: A total of 71 patients were treated for juxta/pararenal AAA (n = 40) or TAAA (n = 31): 14 type II, 4 type III, and 13 type IV. There were 47 FEVAR (including 2 physician-modified fenestrated grafts) and 24 BEVAR procedures performed. Four TAAAs were ruptured. No open repairs were performed for these pathologies in this period. Mortality was 2.8% (n = 2) at 30 days and 9.9% at 90 days (n = 7). One late rupture occurred in a patient whose treatment was a technical failure. Survival at 3 years was 77.9% ± 5.6% overall, 90.9% ± 5.2% for juxta/pararenal AAAs, and 60.7% ± 10.3% for TAAAs. Graft deployment was successful in 69 of 71 patients. Revascularization was successful in 205 of 208 target vessels (98.6%): 51 of 51 superior mesenteric arteries, 27 of 27 celiac arteries, and 127 of 130 renal arteries. There were 131 fenestrated bridging stent grafts and 74 branched bridging stent grafts. Technical success was 68 of 71 (95.7%). There were nine cases of branch instability (5 BEVARs, 4 FEVARs) in five patients (7.0%). Seven vessels (5 renal arteries and 2 superior mesenteric arteries) underwent reintervention: 5 for stenoses, 1 for occlusion, and 1 for stent migration. Freedom from branch instability at 3 years was 92.7% ± 2.5% overall, 88.6% ± 6.4% for BEVAR, and 94.6% for FEVAR.

CONCLUSIONS: The short- and midterm results obtained here indicate that the benefits of a total endovascular treatment for complex aortic aneurysms, as demonstrated by large and multicenter studies, can be adapted and replicated at other centers with a dedicated aortic service. This may help guide future considerations of how to refer or treat this complex patient group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 66, no 5, p. 1349-1356, article id S0741-5214(17)31065-0
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-336068DOI: 10.1016/j.jvs.2017.03.422ISI: 000415129100006PubMedID: 28647195OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-336068DiVA, id: diva2:1164871
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2019-10-28Bibliographically approved
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1. On Surgical Treatment of Aortic Pathology
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The use of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) in the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms has advanced from a premature characterization as a “failed experiment” in early 2000 to the predominant modern method of treatment. Technology has accommodated initial shortcomings, but it has also led to expansions in the treatment of ruptured aneurysms and complex aortic pathologies. The overall aim of this thesis is to characterize the contemporary utilization of endovascular repair in the international setting and to evaluate its expanding use in complex aortic disease treatment.

Paper I is an analysis of outcomes after intact aneurysm treatment from registries of 12 countries. From 2005 to 2013, and with 83,253 patients included, it was shown that the use of EVAR has increased while, the perioperative mortality has decreased. This was counterbalanced by a worsening mortality for those patients treated with open aortic repair.

Paper II is an analysis of ruptured aneurysms from the above-mentioned international registries. EVAR is also increasing for these patients, although open repair is still the predominant treatment strategy in most centres. Perioperative mortality was superior for EVAR patients, despite increased age and comorbidities. An association between patient-volume and perioperative mortality could be shown for open repair, but the same could not be demonstrated for EVAR.

Paper III is an evaluation of the adaptation of a total endovascular approach for the treatment of complex abdominal aortic aneurysms from a single centre. The technical success and midterm mortality, as well as post-operative complications, including spinal ischemia, were similar to those reported from large and multi-centre analyses. Previous studies reveal disparate results for centres performing open complex aortic repair. The results here suggest that a total endovascular approach is feasible for dedicated centres contemplating this strategy.  

Paper IV is an analysis of multiple pre-, peri-, and post-operative variables documented from complex aneurysm procedures. A relationship between increased complexity and variables such as anaesthesia duration, bleeding, hospital stay, and radiation exposure was found. As patients and their comorbidities increase, a decision to embark on a complex procedure should be made with due diligence to these relationships.

Paper V is a technical analysis of patients following acute treatment for Type A aortic dissections. Many patients are unfit for open aortic arch repair. Based on current availability of endovascular aortic stentgrafts, it was shown that the majority of patients can be treated endovascularly, while anticipated device improvements should further increase the proportion of eligibility. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2019. p. 61
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1613
Keywords
Abdominal aortic aneurysm, EVAR, F/BEVAR, aorta dissection.
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Surgery
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-395964 (URN)978-91-513-0806-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-12-18, Rosénsalen, entrance 95/96, NBV, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, 13:00 (English)
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