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The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories of October 2022

The most-read Vascular Specialist stories in October covered an investigation of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) timing presented at the Eastern Vascular Society (EVS)...

Veterans Day: Remembering Korea, ‘accidental pioneers’ and M*A*S*H

During November—Nov. 11, specifically—the United States salutes and honors all those who have served this country in its armed forces. This November, the Society...

New diversity, equity and inclusion pillar signals additional priority for SVS Foundation

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation has been guided by the three long-term pillars of research and innovation, community vascular care and patient...

Chocolate Touch DCB for treatment of peripheral arterial disease receives FDA approval

Genesis MedTech Group announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Chocolate Touch drug-coated balloon (DCB) percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) catheter...

NESVS Robert R. Linton Lecture features complex aortic masterclass from Europe

World-leading aortic surgeon Stéphan Haulon, MD, from the Aortic Centre at Hôpital Marie Lannelongue in Paris, France, took attendees of the 2022 New England...

SOOVC sub-section introduces two awards

The Society for Vascular Surgery's sub-section for those who provide service in outpatient settings has created two professional development opportunities for its members, a...

CMS: An update on quality measures for vascular surgery

An upcoming national reporting change/addition from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) includes three important elements of which Society for Vascular Surgery...

SVS adds ‘service’ criterion to Distinguished Fellows process

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has added service to the Society as an important component of its Distinguished Fellows process, an honor annually...

First data from BEST-CLI bring surgical bypass into the forefront of discussion for patients...

The first results from the BEST-CLI randomized controlled trial (RCT) of 1,830 patients show that surgical bypass with adequate single-segment great saphenous vein (GSV)...

SVS asking members to expand diversity in Nominating Committee

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will ask voting-eligible members to consider three revisions to article X of the SVS bylaws that would take...

Amplifi vein dilation system continues to show promise following latest first-in-human study update

An update from the first-in-human study assessing the Amplifi vein dilation system (Artio Medical) was delivered by Surendra Shenoy, MD, from Washington University School of...

Virtual visits versus in-person: Telemedicine study detects ‘substantial’ cost savings for patients

Virtual consultations appear comparable to care received in-person when it comes to clinical outcomes as well as patient and practitioner satisfaction, a systematic review...

‘Significant’ increase in atherectomy use in US largely driven by office-based procedures, VQI data...

In the United States, atherectomy use in peripheral vascular interventions (PVIs) “more than doubled” from 2010 to 2019, with office-based procedures a “major driver”...

Disrupt PAD III observational study results confirm safety and effectiveness of IVL in complex...

The final 1,373-patient cohort analysis from the Disrupt PAD III observational study (OS) demonstrates consistent intravascular lithotripsy (IVL; Shockwave Medical) outcomes in complex and...

End-stage CLTI: Deep-vein arterialization procedure demonstrates amputation-free survival rate of 66% at six months

Six-month results from the PROMISE II trial of the LimFlow deep-vein arterialization system showed an overall amputation-free survival of 66%—“well above” the primary endpoint...

BEST-CLI attracts $3.3m funding injection to continue data analysis 

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has made a $3.3 million contribution toward the BEST-CLI (Best endovascular vs. best surgical therapy in patients with critical limb...

CEA, TCAR ‘continue to show superior outcomes’ to transfemoral stenting

Researchers led by a vascular team in Indianapolis found that carotid endarterectomy (CEA) remains the most-used strategy in carotid revascularization, with CEA and transcarotid...

SurVeil DCB demonstrates sustained durability of safety, efficacy endpoints in TRANSCEND

In the TRANSCEND clinical trial, the SurVeil drug-coated balloon (DCB; Surmodics) demonstrated "excellent efficacy and safety" out to 24-month follow-up. This is according to...

New analysis: Four multicenter trials support primary use of drug-coated balloons over bare metal...

A patient-level, propensity-adjusted comparison of three-year results from a quartet of prospective, multicenter trials support the primary use of drug-coated balloons (DCBs) versus bare...

‘Excellent’ three-year results presented for the BioMimics 3D stent in longer lesions

At the 2022 Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) meeting (Oct. 31–3 Nov. 3), Michael Lichtenberg, MD, from Arnsberg Clinic, Arnsberg, Germany, reported a subgroup analysis...
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Mechanical thrombectomy for DVT: Randomized data needed to boost growing evidence base

Two datasets presented during the late-breaking clinical trials session at The VEINS (Venous Endovascular Interventional Strategies) 2022  (Oct. 30–31) in Las Vegas—the latest results...

Abre stent data show ‘struggle to maintain patency’ among post-thrombotic syndrome patients

The Abre venous stent demonstrated three-year primary patency rates of 97.1%, 76.5% and 70.4% respectively for non-thrombotic iliac vein lesion (NIVL), acute deep vein...

An open letter to the National Rifle Association

Hello, I think it is time we talked about guns. I know you don’t like to discuss these things after a school shooting, so I...

A recent snapshot of pediatric vascular trauma injuries

A study of major pediatric vascular injuries delivered in the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) Paper Session during the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting...

Study: Combined antiplatelet, NOAC use linked to worse limb outcomes after suprainguinal bypass

A new analysis that found combined antiplatelet and novel oral anticoagulant (NOAC) therapy after suprainguinal bypass was associated with worse limb outcomes and equivalent...

Gore completes first-in-human implants of Viafort vascular stent

W. L. Gore today announced the first implants of its investigational Gore Viafort vascular stent as part of a recently initiated pivotal clinical study for...
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The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories of September 2022

September's top stories featured news of a trial to evaluate women's experience of early endovascular aneurysm repair, and of a special women-focused edition...

MVSS 2022: Research on hemodialysis access surgery attracts inaugural Midwestern Vascular disparities award

The authors behind a new study that found “significant differences” in hemodialysis vascular access outcomes after first-time arteriovenous (AV) fistula or graft creation “directly related” to...

‘Week of Action’ raises awareness of SVS advocacy activities

From sending emails to lawmakers, posting on social media to amplify legislative issues, and donating to the Society for Vascular Surgery Political Action Committee...

Regional vascular presidents measure state of specialty

Vincent Rowe, MD, and Raghu Motaganahalli, MD, delivered Presidential Addresses at the Western Vascular Society (WVS) and the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) that...

Slew of regional vascular societies welcome new leaders for 2022–23 

A number of regional vascular societies across the U.S. and Canada introduced their 2022–23 slew of officers during their annual meetings across the fall...

CX Aortic Vienna: Onus on industry to meet clinician desire for devices that function,...

The need for vascular companies to home in on developing longer-lasting devices—perhaps even ones that adapt over time to match patients’ changing anatomies—was underscored...

Vascular practice: Financial wellness is focus of Nov. 2 SVS webinar

Responding to members’ requests for more information on financial education, a nationally known estate and tax attorney will provide information and guidance on financial...

SVS weighs in on 2023 Medicare payment rules for physicians and hospital outpatient services

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has submitted comment letters in response to the proposed rules issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

NESVS 2022: Study illustrates relationship between increased distance from medical center and higher treatment...

Research detailing that patients traveling farther for complex aortic surgery have higher procedural costs, postoperative imaging costs, and comprehensive one-year costs was among the...

Signal-to-noise ratio: Thoughts on fine-tuning feedback during vascular surgery training

I recently took the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) exam. While studying for it, one of the concepts that stood out was the...

Prepare to submit research for VAM, VRIC 2023

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) wants members’ research on vascular disease for the 2023 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) and the 2023 Vascular...

SVS prepares for important member survey to be held in November

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will survey members in November to continue to track demographic changes, how members would like the SVS to...

SVS officer elections 2022: A glimpse into the electorate

The SVS Executive Board highlights details of the most recent Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) elections to inform members and further strengthen the process.  In...

Only a few seats remain for CPVI hands-on skills course

Only a few spots remain available for the Society for Vascular Surgery’s new Complex Peripheral Vascular Intervention (CPVI) Skills Course. Today—Thursday, Oct. 20—is the...

EVS 2022: Study suggests lower rates of aortic rupture, mortality after TEVAR for uncomplicated...

Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) carried out for uncomplicated type B aortic dissections (TBAD) saw worse mortality and aortic-related outcomes when performed in the...

Mortality drops for acute type A aortic dissection, still high for patients not receiving...

The chance of a patient surviving after an acute type A aortic dissection has improved significantly, but mortality remains high if not recognized early and repaired...

ABRE clinical study 36-month data show ‘long-term durability’ of venous stent system

Medtronic has announced the 36-month final results from the ABRE clinical study. The purpose of the ABRE clinical study was to evaluate the safety and...

Six-month data from SWING below-the-knee, first-in-human trial presented at AMP Europe

Six-month data from the Surmodics SWING first-in-human (FIH) study of the company’s Sundance sirolimus drug-coated balloon (DCB) were shared at the 2022 Amputation Prevention Symposium (AMP) held Oct....

Interacting with EMR best practice advisory ‘significantly’ improves AAA screening rates

Positively interacting with best practice advisory notifications is correlated with an increased rate of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening, according to an analysis of...

Vascular surgeons step up for PAD awareness campaign in September

Walking is instrumental to keeping the 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body healthy—especially for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). That...

Roundtable for treating CLTI: GLASS will make it clear

The final of three roundtables on treating Chronic Limb-threatening Ischemia (CLTI) will cover the Global Limb Anatomic Staging System—GLASS. The virtual roundtable, on GLASS staging...

Terumo Aortic announces new technology add-on payment for Thoraflex Hybrid device in US

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has granted approval of a new technology add-on payment (NTAP) for Terumo Aortic’s Thoraflex Hybrid device—used...

FLASH results demonstrate ‘excellent safety profile’ of the FlowTriever system in full US cohort

Results of the FLASH registry demonstrate the “excellent safety profile” of the FlowTriever system (Inari Medical) in 800 real-world patients. This is according to Catalin...

New study indicates cost-effectiveness of Denali IVC filter over Option device

Tilting or hooking occurred significantly less often in the process of retrieving the Denali inferior vena cava (IVC) filter than with the Option IVC...

VEITHsymposium to include world federation session

The World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS) is set to hold a session in November during the VEITHsymposium in New York City. The 90-minute session...

Trainees step up to learn coding, reimbursement

The Society for Vascular Surgery’s (SVS) efforts in coding and reimbursement work have taken another step forward, with four new doctors now in training...

Ukrainian surgeons present clinical update on Human Acellular Vessel in vascular trauma at ESVS...

Humacyte recently announced the presentation of a clinical update on the Human Acellular Vessel (HAV) for the treatment of vascular trauma. The update was...

SVS launches program to ‘REACH 535’ lawmakers

To leverage the power of direct engagement with lawmakers on the part of constituents, the SVS advocacy team is launching a grassroots advocacy plan...

ESVS publishes ‘pioneering’ clinical practice guidelines on radiation safety

The European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) has released clinical practice guidelines on radiation safety, which the writing committee notes are the first guidelines...

No time like the present: The moral imperative for advocacy in vascular surgery

“I’m so sorry but we have to cancel your surgery”—10 words any warm-blooded surgeon dreads uttering. This time around, it was not for the...

Corner Stitch: Audible Bleeding cuts down to vascular core

Many Corner Stitch readers subscribe to Audible Bleeding, the vascular surgery podcast for updates on all things vascular—from vascular knowledge, to reviewing key Journal...

SVS advocacy in action: Protecting and advancing the interests of vascular surgery

Deep in to the second half of the year, there is no rest for the weary regarding Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) advocacy initiatives....

Experts establish international standard set of outcome measures for patients with VTE

The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) venous thromboembolism (VTE) working group has developed a standard set of outcome measures for patients with...

WVS 2022: Study probes who benefits from EVAR among patients with chronic kidney disease

Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) represent a high-risk group who may not benefit from elective endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic...

Annals of Vascular Surgery announces special issue dedicated to original work by women

The Annals of Vascular Surgery peer-review journal has announced an upcoming special issue dedicated to original work by women that is set to be...

Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative celebrates one million procedures

The Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) clinical registry announced this week it has now collected more than one million procedures...

Aortobifemoral grafting in the endovascular era: An exploration of the open procedure and its...

Aortobifemoral grafting for aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) probably remains “very safe” in the era of endovascular repair, according to the senior author behind a...

WARRIORS randomized trial aims to examine early EVAR in women

This month a multinational collaboration of researchers received endorsement from the Global Cardiovascular Research Funders Forum (GCRFF) Multinational Clinical Trials Initiative for the WARRIORS...

Treating PAD: ‘Run, don’t walk, to sign up for this incredible course’

No matter if you’re a surgeon with a few years—or a few decades—of experience, faculty members of a new, upcoming Society for Vascular Surgery...

PAD: Endovascular revascularization ‘superior or not significantly different’ in terms of outcomes versus open...

A real-world analysis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients in Canada indicated open revascularization may not offer a long-term benefit over endovascular intervention. In...

Black patients wait more than twice as long as White patients for rAAA repair,...

Black patients saw significantly delayed care for ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms (rAAAs), with a Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) analysis showing a median time from hospital...

TCAR: First patient enrolled in ROADSTER 3 post-approval study

Silk Road Medical has announced enrollment of the first patient in ROADSTER 3, which the company claims is the the first prospective, multicenter, single-arm...
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The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories of August 2022

The top 10 most-read stories on the Vascular Specialist website in August included a look at the state of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)...

Trial supports full-dose anticoagulation to prevent blood clots in COVID-19 patients

Treatment of critically ill COVID-19 patients with full-dose anticoagulation lowers the risk of venous and arterial clotting complications by 44% compared with the standard dose, according to late...

SVS meets AMA membership requirement, retains House of Delegates seat 

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has exceeded the necessary compliance threshold required to retain its seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House...

Clinical outcomes of the ClotTriever system in DVT set to be evaluated in RCT

Inari Medical has announced planned enrollment of the DEFIANCE randomized controlled trial (RCT), which is designed to compare the clinical outcomes of patients with...

Researchers study role of frailty in post-discharge mortality

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members have developed new methods and tools to assess patient frailty and possible surgical outcomes more simply before patients...

Shape Memory Medical completes enrollment in the AAA-SHAPE early feasibility study

Shape Memory Medical has announced the completion of patient enrollment in AAA-SHAPE, the company’s prospective, multicenter early feasibility safety study of the Impede-FX RapidFill...

Retrospective study is ‘first to systematically explore predictors of venous stent occlusion’

New data indicate that venous stent failure “may be predicted by low peak flow velocity and post-thrombotic changes in inflow veins” and that endovascular venous...

A brilliant plan to increase vascular surgeons’ income—and decrease the incidence of stroke!

I have come up with a brilliant plan that will decrease the incidence of stroke nationwide, provide an excellent source of income for vascular...

VQI analysis links high levels of neighborhood deprivation to more severe PAD

Patients categorized as living in neighborhoods with high levels of disadvantage under the Area Deprivation Index (ADI) measure of community adversity have more advanced...

Engaging with primary care providers ‘critically important’ to improving AAA screening

Matthew Mell, MD, has spent a lot of time looking into issues around screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). The problem, says the chief...
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Study is first to elucidate lower-limb amputation epidemiology in a Latin American low- and...

A study recently published in the World Journal of Surgery claims to be the first to provide comprehensive population-level data on the epidemiology of lower-extremity...

Maximize reimbursement: Learn latest in coding at SVS workshop

When it comes to coding, information gaps can lead to revenue gaps. Proper coding and documentation are integral to receiving appropriate reimbursement for vascular...

Tying healthcare waste and spending to productivity incentives

A 74-year-old woman was recently hospitalized for a pulmonary embolus from acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the mildly edematous left lower leg. She...

SVS charts its course ahead for diversity, equity and inclusion

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Michael Dalsing, MD, has added two more liaisons—Vincent Rowe, MD, and Palma Shaw, MD—to the SVS Executive Board...

Navigating EMRs: SVS webinar to demonstrate how to make them work for vascular surgery

Vascular surgeons can learn how to make electronic medical records (EMRs) work for them at a webinar Sept. 7. The webinar, sponsored jointly by...

DEI initiatives in vascular surgery: How are we doing?

The 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) has been touted as the most diverse to date. As attendees ourselves, we can attest to the increased...

Diversity gains momentum at JVS

The addition of a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) editor at the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) was found to be associated with more...

Key differences in presentation, outcomes for distal versus proximal DVT uncovered

A new study highlights key differences in clinical features and comorbidities, as well as short-term and also long-term outcomes for patients with distal deep...

SVS addresses pair of critical payment-related proposed rules

In July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released two critical payment-related proposed rules for CY2023—the highly anticipated Medicare Physician Fee Schedule...

Limb salvage in focus: New VAM lectureship, born of a pioneering spirit, thrills honoree

It all started around the late 1970s, early 1980s. Back then, recalls Frank J. Veith, MD, the notion of aggressively pursuing limb salvage in...

CX Aortic Vienna: Cardiac, vascular surgeons collaborate at the vanguard of aortic care

CX Aortic Vienna returns in October for its third edition (Oct. 24–26, Digital), bringing together world-leading specialists from the cardiac and vascular fields...

Innovation within the Veterans Health Administration

If one were to ask the average citizen where cutting-edge technology is developed, the most probable answer would be “private industry”; think Apple, Tesla,...

AngioDynamics announces FDA clearance of expanded indications for Auryon atherectomy system

AngioDynamics recently announced receiving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of an expanded indication for the Auryon atherectomy system to include arterial thrombectomy. The FDA recently...

Vascular experts establish appropriate use of IVUS in peripheral interventions

Royal Philips today announced an important milestone in the evolving standard of care for treating patients with peripheral vascular disease: the establishment of the first-ever...

Patient-reported outcomes in vascular surgery are here to stay

In 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is again emphasizing the importance of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) through legislation regarding the Quality...

Selution SLR receives second FDA IDE approval

Selution SLR, MedAlliance’s sirolimus-eluting balloon, has received conditional Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigational device exemption (IDE) approval to initiate its pivotal clinical trial...

CLTI: Translating guidelines into practice

Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) are integral to helping achieve optimal patient care. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) clinical guidelines are evidence-based and the...

Gore acquires InnAVasc Medical

Gore has announced the acquisition of InnAVasc Medical, a privately held medical technology company focused on advancing care for patients with end-stage renal disease...

JACC study makes case for expanding coverage for carotid artery stenting

Research from Ochsner Health published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) is likely to influence expanded insurance coverage for carotid artery stenting. The...

Compression duration affects pain during superficial venous intervention, study finds

Postprocedural compression of one to two weeks after superficial venous incompetence (SVI) treatment is associated with reduced pain compared with a shorter duration. This...

Confessions of a dual-trained, dual-practicing vascular-trauma surgeon

Like most of the other readers of Vascular Specialist, I look forward to perusing each release for not just useful information but also insightful...

SVS Vascular Health Step Challenge asks surgeons to walk the walk

Most American adults take an average of 5,000 steps per day. In fact, this simple act—getting out and moving—can be the key to prevention...

Vascular [email protected]M–July/August Review Edition

In this VAM 2022 conference review issue: Diversity gains momentum at the Journal of Vascular Surgery (p. 1 and 4) SVS walking challenge—Vascular Health...

New data suggest patients at AAA repair thresholds can be safely deferred

Data from the PROVE-AAA cluster-randomized trial (Preferences for open versus endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm) of a novel decision aid to assist...

APDVS president reflects on training challenges of COVID-19, ‘supply and demand’ conundrum of the...

"There are not enough vascular surgeons to do the work our specialty provides." Those are the stark words of Jason T. Lee, MD, president...

Corner Stitch: A letter to new vascular interns

Every intern starting vascular surgery this year is incredibly talented, and soon to be a member of a tight-knit, supportive, and fiercely passionate group...

Proposals sought for VAM 2023

Members are still raving about the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) even while organizers seek topics for educational sessions for the 2023 edition. Proposals...

Leadership program applications due by Aug. 15

Learn to be a leader or enhance your leadership skills—applications to be part of the fourth cohort of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS)...

Pioneering center reports ‘moderate’ success rate with Fiber Optic RealShape technology in first 50...

Vascular surgeons from the medical center that pioneered use of the radiation-lowering Fiber Optic RealShape (FORS) imaging modality reported a 62% technical success rate...

Enrollment begins in PERSEVERE clinical trial of hybrid prothesis for aortic dissection

Artivion announced today that it has initiated enrollment in the PERSEVERE clinical trial to determine if patients with an acute DeBakey Type I aortic dissection...

Intraoperative vascular mapping during hemodialysis access ‘should be incorporated into routine practice’

Intraoperative ultrasonographic venous mapping is a useful tool to evaluate vessel suitability for arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation, Yana Etkin, MD, associate professor of surgery...

Black adults treated for common arterial disease are at greater risk of amputation, death...

About 6.5 million Americans over the age of 40 suffer from peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In the U.S., Black adults in their 50s are...

Female sex is associated with reintervention and mortality following elective EVAR

Women are more likely to die within five years of having elective surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or need repeat surgery, according to...

Prepare for Board exams at UCLA/SVS review course

Planning to take the upcoming Vascular Surgery Board (VSB) exams? Prepare for them at the “Seventh Annual UCLA/SVS Symposium: A Comprehensive Review and Update...

SVS PA Section seeks Steering Committee members

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Physician Assistant (PA) Section seeks applicants for its Steering Committee. The committee will be developing content for section...

SVS looks to maintain AMA House of Delegates representation

To maintain its seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates—and, importantly, be able to provide information that impacts physician reimbursement—a 20%...

Female sex is associated with additional treatments following surgery for intermittent claudication, study shows

A new U.S. study has found that female sex is associated with more reinterventions after surgical treatment for intermittent claudication. Additionally, guideline-directed medical therapy,...

Cordis announces start of enrollment in RADIANCY clinical study in Europe

Cordis has announced the start of the European RADIANCY premarket clinical study of a stent system designed for radial access in the treatment of...

AVeVA study confirms benefit of covered stent placement in graft-vein anastomotic stenosis treatment

A prospective, multicenter study involving the Covera vascular covered stent (BD) has confirmed the benefits of immediate, post-percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) placement of the...
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The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist items of June 2022

June's top stories spanned a range of presentations from the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston (June 15–18), covering topics including burnout...

PAD: Ra Medical Systems receives FDA 510(k) clearance for the Dabra 2.0 catheter

Ra Medical Systems has announced receipt of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the company’s Dabra 2.0 catheter as part of the...

First patient enrolled in Wrapsody endoprosthesis registry study

Merit Medical has announced the successful enrollment of the first patient in its WRAP registry study in a press release. The study will evaluate...

Cognitive dissonance, unhappy physicians and burnout

Emotional intelligence has been widely accepted as an important element of leadership. The seminal work of Daniel Goldman informs us that the education of...

Mentorship: Why more vascular surgeons should consider mentoring young minds

Addressing challenges of diversity and inclusion within medical schools and the larger physician workforce should begin with a conversation about the intrinsic barriers to...

Artificial intelligence can predict risk of complications after endovascular aneurysm repair

Artificial intelligence (AI) models can be developed to predict the risk of postoperative complications after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) with “high accuracy,” research presented...

Outgoing SVS president’s message of unity: ‘We must work together to improve, advance vascular...

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is no longer the organization it was half a century ago. That was one of the core messages...

Jonathan Towne honored with SVS Lifetime Achievement Award

An “amazing clinician and leader.” Devoted to the specialty of vascular surgery. Investigator and researcher. Champion of the in-situ technique for lower-extremity bypass. Former...

Terumo Aortic announces first commercial implant of Thoraflex Hybrid in US

Following the recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Thoraflex Hybrid frozen elephant trunk (FET) device for the treatment of...

Cydar Medical and King’s College London partner on randomized controlled trial of Cydar EV...

Cydar Medical has partnered with King’s College London to initiate the ARIA study—a randomized controlled trial to assess the clinical-, technical- and cost-effectiveness of...

SVS creates limb salvage-focused Frank J. Veith Lectureship

Next year’s Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) will include a new named lecture: the Frank J. Veith Lecture, named in honor of former Society for...

Vascular surgery review book seeks to plug hole in VSITE preparation process

When University of Massachusetts Medical School integrated vascular surgery resident Thomas Creeden, DO, was preparing for his first Vascular Surgery In-Training Exam (VSITE), it...

Bolstering the workforce: Session details how to start a vascular training program

The workforce shortage issues set to plague vascular surgery over the next few decades, alongside an aging population and increase in vascular disease, formed...

Off-the-shelf branched endograft for TAAAs demonstrates safety and effectiveness through two years in both...

Two-year target vessel-related freedom from all-cause and aneurysm-related mortality for an off-the-shelf multibranched endovascular device for the treatment of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) came...

New SVS president outlines priorities for his tenure as Society aims to reach out

Michael Dalsing, MD, who took over as Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) president at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston (June 15–18),...

New project will develop nanoparticles with imaging and medicine-delivery capabilities to better treat PAD

A University of Texas at Arlington bioengineer is leading a project to develop biodegradable nanomaterials that will take pictures and deliver medicine to combat...

ALI can occur with or without atherosclerotic disease, portends worse prognosis in COVID-19 patients,...

Acute limb ischemia (ALI) can occur with or without atherosclerotic disease and portends a worse prognosis in patients with COVID-19. This risk persists after...

Greenberg Lecture raises prospect that ‘less is more and more is less’ with aortic...

Jan S. Brunkwall, MD, from the University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany, delivered the Roy Greenberg Distinguished Lecture at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting...

Vascular Surgery Interest Groups propel students’ awareness and engagement in the specialty, VAM 2022...

A study of the impact of Vascular Surgery Interest Groups (VSIGs) can have on piquing awareness and engagement of medical students in the specialty...

An antidote for burnout: Vascular surgeons as hospital administrators

The much-maligned electronic health record (EHR)—sometimes referred to as electronic medical record, or EMR—is not among the causes of burnout, per se, but rather...

Female sex ‘should be considered an independent risk factor’ for new stroke occurrence after...

A preliminary report lends evidence to support female sex being considered as an independent risk factor for new stroke occurrence after carotid revascularization in...

Study of post-carotid endarterectomy surveillance prompts protocol discussion

The results of an analysis of nearly 2,000 carotid endarterectomies (CEAs) “challenge the notion” that patients benefit significantly from the current post-operative surveillance guidelines,...

VAM 2022 Opening Ceremony: ‘Our Society is what it is because of you,’ SVS...

From the first Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) that featured just eight papers, to VAM 2022 with many more times that number of presentations, each...

First results from BEST-CLI poised to reveal ‘very low’ quality of life for patients...

An analysis from the Best Endovascular versus Best Surgical Therapy in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia (BEST-CLI) trial presented at the 2022 Vascular Annual...

Systemic heparin during TEVAR deemed safe for selected traumatic brain injury patients

The use of systemic heparin during thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) for blunt thoracic aortic injuries (BTAI) appears to be safe in selected patients...

Diversity in care: ‘From being exclusive to more inclusive’

The role diversity played in the past, how it functions in the present, and where it might take vascular surgery in the future formed...

New findings support benefits of structured discharge approach for post-discharge transition of care

Researchers have found that restructuring the discharge process of a vascular surgery service decreased escalation to clinical staff from an automated post-discharge phone call...

Study demonstrates feasibility, effectiveness of at-home exercise therapy plus cognitive behavior therapy for IC

A mobile phone-administered, home-based exercise therapy program for patients with intermittent claudication (IC) incorporating cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) was found to be feasible, with...
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Humacyte provides update on patients treated at front-line hospitals in Ukraine with the Human...

Humacyte today announced that the first Ukrainian patients have received implants of the Human Acellular Vessel (HAV) for the treatment of vascular trauma injuries....

Carotid stenting demonstrates comparable short- and long-term results to endarterectomy

Pooled patient-level data from more than 2,500 asymptomatic, non-octogenarian subjects have shown that carotid artery stenting (CAS) achieved comparable short- and long-term results to...

Eagleton and Shutze: SVS members elect new vice president, secretary

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) announced that Matthew Eagleton, MD, has been elected as the organization's next vice president. The news was revealed...

Getting the most out of meetings like VAM

It’s Friday at Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) 2022 in Boston! Hopefully, many of us trainees are getting to mingle and meet leaders in the...

Iliac vein stenting should remain a viable treatment option for higher BMI patients

Despite greater comorbid conditions, patients with obesity benefited as much as patients with normal body mass index (BMI) from iliac vein stent placement for...

Six years, much growth and multiple changes to JVS publications

Their terms about to end, Peter Gloviczki, MD, and Peter Lawrence, MD, editor-in-chief and senior editor, respectively, of the Journal of Vascular Surgery family...

Talking about women surgeons’ lives and careers

Women—and more than a few men—flocked to the inaugural Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) education session of the Society for Vascular Surgery’s new Women’s Section...

Vascular surgeons ‘have a role to play’ in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures

Vascular surgery assistance in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) can facilitate safe and effective device introduction through cases involving challenging femoral or iliac access....

F/BEVAR has high technical success and low mortality in chronic post-dissection TAAA

Fenestrated/branched endovascular aneurysm repair (F/BEVAR) is associated with high technical success and low mortality in patients with chronic post-dissection thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (PD-TAAA). This...

Low rate of new white lesions detected after TCAR using diffusion-weighted MRI 

New white lesions are not a common occurrence in patients who have undergone transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), a study in which patients were assessed...

Medicare cuts: ‘It is crucially important we stay engaged in the process’

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members deemed payment and reimbursement among the top advocacy priorities for 2022. A session Wednesday at VAM informed attendees...

Trust, transportation, insurance hamper ‘quality vascular surgery care for all,’ Crawford Forum hears

An absence of patient trust in their doctors and hospital systems yesterday morning emerged as a key talking point amid a comprehensive deep dive...

Researchers report higher three-year amputation and reintervention rates in Black and Hispanic CLTI patients

In a study of over 7,000 chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients, researchers found that Black and Hispanic patients had higher three-year amputation and reintervention...

Silk Road to evaluate TCAR in standard surgical risk patients with ROADSTER 3 study

Silk Road Medical today announced a post-market study to evaluate the transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) system in the treatment of standard surgical risk patients...

Regional society leaders look forward to VAM and beyond

We asked the presidents of all five major regional vascular societies in the United States for an update on the latest goings-on in their...

Missing something? View VAM 2022 on-demand sessions

Pre-recorded videos from Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) 2022 sessions are now available on-demand. If videos were submitted by faculty in advance, they will be...

A handy guide for VAM attendees: 2022’s Online Planner

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) 2022 Online Planner is an invaluable companion at the event in Boston's Hynes Convention...

Vascular Live: Variety of vascular concerns on the slate

Be sure to save time for the Vascular Live theater-in-the-round presentations in the Exhibit Hall at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston....

SVS special membership sections stage education sessions

For the first time, all those who are part of the five Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) membership sections have educational presentations geared specifically...

Open repair of infrarenal aortic aneurysm proves preferable to endovascular repair

As part of the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) International Fast Talk session on the morning of Wednesday, June 15, Emiliano Chisci, MD, from San...

Discussing ERAS—Enhanced Recovery After Surgery

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways have been beneficial for many surgical specialties and are now available to guide the perioperative care of patients...

Open surgical bypass to distal targets at the ankle is ‘viable’ infrapopliteal CLTI treatment

The Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society (VESS) Paper Session at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston on Wednesday, June 15, will see Othman...

Wound healing research earns SVS Foundation prize, place on VAM stage

University of Michigan resident and Vascular Specialist resident/fellow editor Christopher Audu, MD, has been granted the SVS Foundation Resident Research Award for 2022. And,...

Early TCAR results in higher ipsilateral postoperative stroke rates when compared to carotid endarterectomy

Adham Elmously, MD, a fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, is set to present outcomes of early transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) vs....

‘Endovation’: Guidelines from the front lines

Among the highlights from the “‘Endovation’—Endovascular Innovation for Urgent and Emergency Complex Aortic Disorders” session coming up at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM)...

New data support covered stent use in complex aortoiliac occlusive disease treatment

One-year outcomes from the BELSTREAM trial add to a growing pool of data that covered stents are safe and effective in the treatment of...

The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories in May 2022

News on the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) ballots set to determine the next vice president and secretary, a hard-hitting column about vascular surgery's...

Revascularization strategy for BTK intervention should hinge on diagnostic modality, LINC hears

New data provide “another argument” for the use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in below-the-knee (BTK) interventions. This is according to Michael Lichtenberg, MD, from Arnsberg...

SVS has patient resources and guidelines on strokes

May was Stroke Awareness Month, and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and SVS Foundation offer educational resources for Society members to provide as...

A new pathway for preventing dementia?

Craig Weinkauf, MD, is leading a trial looking into a connection between Alzheimer's and carotid stenosis. ‘We want to try to quantify the brain:...

Register today for two SVS courses

Registration has opened—along with early-bird pricing—for two Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) in-person courses in coding and reimbursement, and peripheral artery disease (PAD) skills....

Urban or rural: Ensuring access to quality vascular care ‘no matter what’

Michael Dalsing, MD, talks to Vascular Specialist about how his formative years growing up in rural Wisconsin, as well as experience of operating in...

SVS PA Section has new leaders

With previous terms ending, new members have been named to the steering committee for the SVS Physician Assistant Membership Section (PA Section).  Holly Grunebach, PA-C,...

SVS online community adds quality improvement group

The SVS Quality Improvement Committee has created a community on the subject matter on SVSConnect. This will be a forum for QI education and...

Research indicates low stroke risk and benefit of medication alone in asymptomatic carotid stenosis

The risk of having a future stroke caused by asymptomatic carotid stenosis is “so low” that most patients with this condition could potentially be treated with...

75 facts in 75 days to celebrate 75 years

Alton Ochsner, MD, was the first president of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), which was formed in 1946. The first annual meeting—a half-day...

Expanded Medicare coverage for TCAR in standard surgical risk patients announced

Silk Road Medical today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), through collaboration with the Society of Vascular Surgery's Patient Safety...

Silent coronary ischemia: FFRCT reduces cardiac death, myocardial infarction in carotid endarterectomy patients out...

Diagnosis of silent, or unsuspected, coronary ischemia in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) using fractional flow reserve-computed tomography (FFRCT), with selective postoperative coronary revascularization,...

The ABS-VSB: Extolling the virtues of vascular surgery’s independent board

The evolutionary process by which vascular surgery became a bona fide independent discipline has much to thank the American Board of Vascular Surgery (ABVS),...

Vascular Specialist–May/June 2022

In this re-launch issue: The Crawford [email protected] 2022: SVS President-elect Michael Dalsing discusses this year's topic: "Quality Vascular Care for All—An Aspirational Goal of...

A modest proposal: Let’s eat the trauma surgeons

Well folks, after more than two years of the pandemic, racial injustice, and medical misinformation, I have decided it is time to return to...

SVS Foundation continues call for VISTA project applicants

The SVS Foundation VISTA (Vascular Volunteers In Service To All) pilot project continues to seek applications for innovative, community-based projects. The initiative grants support for...

FDA grants IDE approval for Selution SLR drug-eluting balloon

MedAlliance’s Selution SLR drug-eluting balloon (DEB) has received investigational device exemption (IDE) approval from the Food and Drug Administration, making it the first limus...

Medtronic gains FDA nod for IN.PACT 018 DCB

Medtronic has announced approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the IN.PACT 018 paclitaxel-coated percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheter, a drug-coated...

Register for August Vascular Surgery Board review course

Get ready for the American Board of Surgery Vascular Surgery Board (ABS-VSB) Qualifying Exam in September by attending a comprehensive review course in August.  The...

ESVS publishes 2023 guidelines on management of atherosclerotic carotid and vertebral artery disease

The European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) has just released 2023 clinical practice guidelines on the management of atherosclerotic carotid and vertebral artery disease. The...

VentureMed completes enrollment of Flex Vessel Prep system randomized controlled trial in arteriovenous fistulas

VentureMed Group recently announced that it has completed enrollment of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) entitled "Flex Vessel Prep prior to PTA for the...

Collaborators not cases: Engaging patients with aortic dissections as partners in patient-centered outcomes research

To date, research in aortic dissection has focused on management and outcomes focused on technical results, and survival. Little is known about what is...

Cloud-based fusion imaging found to improve operative metrics during FEVAR

A single-center retrospective review demonstrated a trend towards shorter operative times, and significant reductions in both iodinated contrast use and radiation exposure during fenestrated...

New long-term data of paclitaxel devices continue to show no increased mortality compared to...

New long-term data from the SAFE-PAD (Safety assessment of femoropopliteal endovascular treatment with paclitaxel-coated devices) study were presented today as late-breaking clinical research at...

Shockwave IVL maintains ‘superiority’ to angioplasty in calcified peripheral disease at two years

Shockwave Medical announced today that long-term data from the Disrupt PAD III trial found that superior vessel preparation with intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) led to excellent long-term outcomes...

Tissue samples show paclitaxel effect in minority of CLTI patients receiving DCB angioplasty, study...

Paclitaxel effect was witnessed in tissue specimens of a minority of chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients treated with drug-coated balloons (DCBs)—but was not dependent...

Non-optimal therapy for CLTI ‘more prominent in females’

A real-world claims data analysis of nearly 200,000 patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) showed that female patients were older, underwent vascular procedures less often, and...

Venovo venous stent returns to US market after 2021 recall

BD recently announced that its Venovo venous stent is back on the U.S. market following a recall last year. In 2019, the company reported that the...

Cancer patients face greater risks from AAA repair

Elective abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair in patients with a cancer diagnosis is associated with several poor postoperative outcomes, according to a newly published study from researchers...

75th anniversary: Celebrate SVS history through photos

A week remains in the SVS Photo Contest, which celebrates the Society for Vascular Surgery’s 75th Anniversary. Members are sharing images that tell the...
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The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories in April 2022

The digital version of the April 2022 issue of Vascular Specialist, the most recent editorial by our medical editor focusing on diversity within the...

Less frequent post-EVAR surveillance might be safe in some patient groups, study suggests

Results from the multicenter, retrospective ODYSSEUS study carried out in The Netherlands suggest that less frequent surveillance after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) may be...

War in Ukraine: A tale of unspeakable horror, unprecedented unity and unquenchable thirst for...

This editorial was written in the days leading up to April 2. At about 4 a.m. (Kyiv time) on Feb. 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Artificial intelligence could make endovascular aortic repair outcomes more predictable, CX 2022 hears

At the 2022 Charing Cross (CX) International Symposium (April 26–28) in London, England, Tom Carrell, MD, a vascular surgeon in Cambridge, England, and founder of...

SCAI releases multi-society position statement focused on core competencies for endovascular specialists providing care...

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) has released a position statement outlining competencies for endovascular specialists who provide care for chronic limb-threatening...

Voting for SVS vice president, secretary begins May 23

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Active and Senior members will begin voting May 23 for a new SVS vice president and secretary for 2022–23....

New sirolimus data provide encouragement despite ‘potentially disappointing’ efficacy results

The results of a small-scale pilot study from Asia have indicated “potentially disappointing” results with a novel drug-eluting balloon in treating dysfunctional arteriovenous access...

FDA approves expanded indications for TCAR’s Enroute stent

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved expanded indications for the Enroute stent system—part of the transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) procedure—to include patients at...

SVS Foundation seeks applicants for VISTA projects

The SVS Foundation started to seek proposals in mid-April for pilot outreach projects to help identify needed vascular services in underserved portions of the...

CX 2022: IN.PACT AV DCB shows sustained and superior performance compared to PTA through...

New randomized controlled data demonstrating the sustained and superior performance of IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloons (DCBs) compared to percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) through 36...

SVS turns its sights to FY2023, long-range future

In January, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Strategic Board met and forged its objectives for the coming fiscal year. Two months later the...

CX 2022: Overtreatment in venous disease: Financial incentives are ‘the elephant in the room’

To combat the “overtreatment problem” in the appropriate care of venous disease, “a concerted, complex, multimodal effort” is required from specialists across disparate parts...

SVS members receive deep discount on key textbooks

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members receive many important discounts as a privilege of belonging. These perks include discounts to important references in diagnosing...

From proposal to podium: Tips for getting your abstract accepted at academic conferences

Striving for excellence in research is one of the defining characteristics of an academic surgeon. But simply doing great research is not enough. The...

Veteran community care: Ensuring community care plays a vital role within the VA health...

Concerns about veterans getting access to quality healthcare in a timely fashion led to the Veterans Choice Act in 2014 followed by the VA...

VAM packed from beginning to end

From the opening session on the Wednesday morning of the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), to announcing the winners of the Poster Competition Championship Round...

Rockman: A family story of self-identity

Outgoing Society for Vascular Surgery (SCVS) President Caron Rockman, MD, delved into her family history from late-19th century and early- 20th century Russia to...

VAM: Gala auctions taking shape

It's spring now, but those whose winters seem never-ending might consider bidding on a week-long stay in Florida for next winter. Cold and snow...

Terumo Aortic announces FDA approval for Thoraflex Hybrid frozen elephant trunk device

Terumo Aortic today announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval of the Thoraflex Hybrid frozen elephant trunk device for commercial...

SCAI issues position paper on transaxillary arterial access

The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) has released an official position statement providing evidence-based recommendations for percutaneous transaxillary arterial access and training...

The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories in March

Among the posts catching Vascular Specialist readers' eyes last month were the digital flipbook version of our March print edition, a new study looking...

Supply & demand: [Private] practice matters

Vascular surgeons in private practice could play a crucial role in alleviating one of the existential problems currently vexing the specialty: The training of...

Cydar Medical announces strategic collaboration with Medtronic

Cydar Medical recently announced it has entered a strategic collaboration with Medtronic. Under the pilot arrangement, Cydar’s EV Maps software will be introduced to up...

Our past is prologue: We are losing the battle to train more Black doctors

My mother was a child of the 1960s. Despite not having a college degree, she was determined to teach my sister and me that...
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Alucent Biomedical announces first patient enrolled in first-in-human natural vascular scaffolding clinical trial

Alucent Biomedical announced in a press release that it has enrolled the first patient in ACTIVATE II, an Australia-based first-in-human clinical trial to evaluate the...

Help tell the SVS story through images

Thanks to smartphones, almost everyone usually has a good camera at hand and thousands of digital photos in storage.  So get that phone charged and be...

Interview: SCVS leaders discuss training challenges, position of private practice, diversifying generation of surgeons

Barriers thrown up between the worlds of private or community vascular surgery and academic practice need to be dismantled for the betterment of the...

Vascular Specialist–April 2022

In this issue: In our April cover story, we report from the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS) Annual Symposium on new evidence that...

At VRIC 2022, Clowes lecturer to walk in research footsteps of field progenitor

When Kathleen Martin, PhD, gives the Alexander W. Clowes Distinguished Lecture at the 2022 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) in May, she’ll be discussing...

Rare case series shows 100% limb salvage in pediatric bone tumor resections with vascular...

A retrospective review of a rare set of pediatric bone tumor resection cases with significant blood vessel involvement has demonstrated 100% limb salvage and...

Interview: JVS group enters new era with brand chief and team-based approach

With changes occurring regularly in the publication business of scientific journals, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is planning changes with its own Journal...

VAM: How abstracts are selected

The abstracts presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) are the result not just of thorough research, but also...

SVS’ AMA membership push aimed at safeguarding vascular surgery voice on coding issues

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is urging members to join the American Medical Association (AMA) in a bid to maintain a critical voice...

Shockwave Medical announces global launch of new peripheral IVL catheter

Shockwave Medical has announced the global commercial availability of the Shockwave M5+ peripheral intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) catheter after receiving both Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and...

Cook Medical receives FDA Breakthrough Device designation for Zenith Thoraco+ endovascular system

Cook Medical’s Zenith Thoraco+ endovascular system (Thoraco+) has received Breakthrough Device designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a press release reports.  The company...

Medtronic issues voluntary recall for subset of IN.PACT Admiral and IN.PACT AV DCBs

Medtronic recently voluntarily recalled a subset of its IN.PACT Admiral and IN.PACT AV paclitaxel-coated percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) balloon catheters due to the potential...

Select gene SNPs found to be associated with venous ulcer formation and persistence

Looking to the future, genetic testing may play a role in guiding the intensity of therapeutic interventions and preventive strategies in patients with venous...

SCVS 2022: WIfI score does not predict successful healing after transmetatarsal amputation, study finds

A higher initial Wound, ischemia, and foot infection (WIfI) classification score at initial presentation in chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients who underwent a transmetatarsal...

Randomized trial suggests carotid endarterectomy does not affect dementia risk

Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) does not appear to either reduce or increase the risk of dementia, despite it having been shown to reduce stroke risk....

Increased market competition linked to higher odds of revascularization among asymptomatic patients with moderate...

A vascular surgery research team with a growing reputation for its work investigating appropriateness in care in the peripheral vascular bed recently uncovered an...

Medical students reach out to hemodialysis community in times of COVID-19

As president of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG), I’ve been eagerly exploring opportunities to engage with community members and...

Nominations due March 31 for community practice award

Nominations for the Society for Vascular Surgery‘s prestigious Excellence in Community Practice Award are due March 31.  The honor, formerly known as the Excellence in...

Peer-reviewed COVID-19 archive grows

Two years in, an indicator of COVID-19’s continuing presence in the world is the growth of the “COVID-19 Collection” in the pages of the...

Diabetes: Impact of local medicolegal landscapes on costs

More litigious U.S. states did not see decreased amputation rates over those where the medicolegal environment was less adverse, according to an analysis of...

SCVS 2022: ‘We should not allow our industry relationships influence how we choose to...

Industry players and device makers have helped spark new science and innovation in vascular surgery amid flatlining National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, but...

Apply for health policy program by March 25

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on March 25 for the joint American College of Surgeons/Society for Vascular Surgery scholarship to...

Vascular Surgery Board seeks director nominees

The Vascular Surgery Board (VSB) of the American Board of Surgery (ABS) is seeking director nominees to serve a six-year term beginning July 1,...

Potential ‘new paradigm’ in treatment of long occlusive lesions emerges

Vascular surgeon Lewis Schwartz, MD, has had an interest in biomedical engineering since very early in his career. So his involvement in the early-stage...

Moments suspended in time: Joining the vascular fold

Noon on March 19, 2021, marked the end of an unprecedented year in the world of resident recruiting. Months of virtual interviews, “away” rotations...

SVS creates membership section for women

Women make up a growing percentage of vascular surgeons. And they now have a new professional membership home within the Society for Vascular Surgery...

Boston calling: Registration for VAM 2022 is open

Registration and housing for the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) are now open. This year’s premiere educational event for...

Database analysis findings ‘matched precisely’ with reported reasons for venous stent recalls

A recent analysis recalled Venovo and Vici venous stents—initiated last year—characterized “significant differences” between reported device and patient issues, and subsequent interventions for the...

The pandemic has been a challenge, but perhaps it imposed some equity

Years from now when we look back, will we measure time in terms of B.C. and A.C.—Before Covid and After Covid? It’s hard to...

Life of Achilles: Turning weakness into bursts of innovation, creativity

Themes rooted in the life of Achilles, the heroic figure from Greek mythology, and the concept of “emotional stamina” underpinned the message delivered from...

F/BEVAR review reveals less than 20% of patients suffered intraoperative adverse event

A retrospective evaluation of 600 fenestrated or branched endovascular aneurysm repairs (F/BEVARs) for the treatment of complex aneurysms revealed that fewer than one in...

Biomarkers of heart failure show early reversal with catheter thrombolysis compared to anticoagulation alone...

In a secondary analysis of the SUNSET sPE randomized control trial, lead investigator Efthymios Avgerinos, MD, of the division of vascular surgery, University of...

Dedicated vs. non-dedicated: Researchers place venous stenting under the spotlight at AVF 2022

Venous stenting was a hot topic on the agenda of the recent American Venous Forum (AVF) annual meeting, held this year Feb. 23–26 in Orlando,...

PROMISE II U.S. pivotal trial of device designed for ‘no-option’ CLTI patients completes enrollment

Enrollment has been completed in the PROMISE II pivotal trial of the LimFlow deep vein arterialization system designed to prevent amputations in so-called "no-option"...

Viabahn use in claudicants with long, complex SFA lesions ‘safe and effective’ through five...

Recently published research indicates that stent grafting with the Viabahn endoprosthesis (W L Gore & Associates) of long and complex superficial femoral artery (SFA) lesions in...

The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories in February

February's top 10 includes a highlight from the 2022 Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS) winter annual meeting and an interview with Melissa Kirkwood,...

Lesson learned: Entering vascular residency during first wave of pandemic 

An insight into the benefits of virtual learning from the perspective of a medical student on the cusp of residency as the early stages...

Vascular Specialist–March 2022

In this issue: Dedicated vs. non-dedicated: Researchers place venous stenting under the spotlight at the American Venous Forum (AVF) 2022 annual meeting (p. 1 and...

New JVS editorial leadership structure announced

The Executive Board of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) recently revealed the new composition of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) publications‘ senior...

Writing and reviewing in the DEI space: Progress evident but ‘there’s a lot of...

It’s been more than 18 months since the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) implemented changes aimed in part at diversifying involvement with the publication...

Venous stents remain durable following pregnancy, researchers find

Iliac vein stents tolerate a gravid uterus well and a possible future pregnancy should not contraindicate their usage in the treatment of pelvic venous...

Houston, we have a dialysis access problem

The concept of dedicated vascular access centers fuels a turbocharged Texan tussle with Karl Illig, MD, of Flow Vascular Institute in Houston, taking on Eric...

VAM 2022 will offer innovative formats

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Postgraduate Education Committee is breaking up the format in favor of change and innovation for two sessions at...

AVF 2022: Emerging autogenous venous valve formation system sees ‘continual improvement’

An emerging endovenous valve formation system designed to treat patients with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) with evidence of deep venous reflux has demonstrated continual...

FDA advisory panel issues recommendations on lifelong surveillance for EVAR

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it has issued a letter to healthcare providers emphasizing the importance of lifelong surveillance, including imaging,...

Time’s nearly up: Apply for VAM travel scholarships by March 9

Time is quickly running out for medical students and general surgery residents to apply for Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) travel scholarships to attend...

Tickets selling briskly for Gala: ‘Cheers to 75 Years’

More than 330 people have registered their intentions to raise a glass to toast the Society for Vascular Surgery's quarter-century of helping vascular patients...

AVF 2022: Six-month CLOUT data indicate ClotTriever can effectively remove full spectrum of thrombus

Six-month outcomes from the ongoing CLOUT registry demonstrate the “safety and efficacy” of the ClotTriever thrombectomy system in a real-world deep vein thrombosis (DVT)...

AVF 2022: VenoValve improvement ‘maintained’ for 2.5 years without adverse events

Envveno Medical announced positive 30-month data from the first-in-human trial of the VenoValve bioprosthetic potential venous valve replacement during the 2022 American Venous Forum (AVF)...

VAM 2022: More science, discussion, streaming

With abstract selection finished this month and the lineup of many other sessions in place, organizers are excited about the offerings of the 2022...

Sex discordance and postoperative outcomes: We should be vigilant of a real disparity in...

The recent JAMA Surgery publication “Association of surgeon-patient sex concordance with postoperative outcomes” is a population-based, retrospective cohort study of more than 1 million...
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Study ‘supports’ SVS open AAA volume recommendations

A multicenter, retrospective database analysis suggests improved open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) outcomes when surgeon volume is greater than seven cases yearly and performed in...

Perioperative care in open aortic surgery: SVS and ERAS Society issue consensus statement

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the Stockholm, Sweden-based Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) Society have released a consensus statement intended to help...

‘Cheers to 75 Years’: Anniversary Gala tickets go on sale on Feb. 22

How will you help the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) celebrate “Cheers to 75 Years?”  Maybe it's offering an adventure in the wilderness, on a...

Ra Medical Systems receives FDA approval for increased enrollment in atherectomy clinical trial

Ra Medical Systems, a medical device company focused on developing the excimer laser system to treat vascular diseases, has announced that enrollment has reached...

SVS PAC: A voice for vascular surgeons on Capitol Hill

As everyone turned the page on 2021 and entered 2022 with a new hope for a return to normalcy, vascular surgeons continue to be...

VRIC input in 2021 helped strengthen research, says award-winner

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) in 2021 helped Sriganesh (Sri) Sharma, MD, better understand his own work.  During the...

Diversity efforts while in training: Is it just another box to check?

2020 was a herald year. It ushered in a global pandemic and a reckoning with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our...

Community practice award deadline extended

There's still time! The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has extended the deadline to nominate an SVS member for the prestigious Excellence in Community...

From the SVS journals

The Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases, Innovations and Techniques has been growing rapidly, publishing an estimated 33% more articles this year than two years...

Silence is golden—but does self-imposed silence lead to burnout?

Burnout is associated with silence in various contexts. It is called the silent crisis, the silent epidemic, or the silent killer. What is not...

First patient enrolled in PEERLESS study of FlowTriever system

Inari Medical has announced that the first patient has been enrolled in PEERLESS prospective, randomized controlled trial (RCT) comparing the outcomes of patients with...

New data add to body of evidence highlighting ‘importance’ of vascular surgery in trauma...

Another study has emerged showing vascular surgery’s heavy intraoperative consult activity in a level 1 trauma center setting, lending further fuel to the “vascular...

Complex TAAA: US ARC IDE registry reports better survival vs. real-world data after endovascular...

Patients treated in Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved investigational device exemption (IDE) trials for complex thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) in the U.S. Aortic...

Apply for VAM travel scholarships by March 9

Medical students and general surgery residents have until March 9 to apply for Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) travel scholarships that enable attendance at...

March 1 awards deadline nears 

The deadline is March 1 for several awards and honors from the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the SVS Foundation. They include the...

Vascular Specialist–February 2022

In this issue: "Vital signs": Reporting from the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS) annual meeting on skyrocketing nursing costs and their contribution to...

Worldwide TCAR analysis provides ‘roadmap’ to evaluate future training approaches

An analysis of the worldwide experience of transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) has produced key objective proficiency metrics and an analytic framework to assess adequate...

Study highlights need to extend scope of cerebrovascular health disparities research

A new research letter in Stroke outlines use of the novel National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us research program dataset of diverse...
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The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories in January

January’s top 10 includes “Our forever plague,” a combined editorial by Malachi Sheahan III, MD, our medical editor, on fake news and science, and...

Medtronic issues voluntary recall for TurboHawk Plus directional atherectomy system

On Feb. 7, Medtronic issued a notice emphasizing that the same warnings and precautions issued for the HawkOne directional atherectomy system also apply for...

Index atherectomy interventions for claudication ‘is associated with higher’ reintervention rates vs. other technologies

Atherectomy use during index peripheral vascular interventions in claudicants is associated with higher reintervention rates when compared to other technologies, a newly unveiled study...

Marston: Diversity required to deliver comprehensive care to vascular disease population

William A. Marston, MD, was recalling a recent experience acting as a bone marrow donor for a family member, and the moment it dawned...

Interview: Combating the problem of spin, or overinterpretation, in RCTs

The presence of spin, or overinterpretation, in scientific papers that ultimately demonstrate statistically insignificant findings had been gnawing away at Thomas Forbes, MD, for...

Risk of venous stent migration ‘rare’ but probably ‘underreported,’ systematic review finds

Stent migration following treatment of acute iliofemoral thrombus or venous obstruction is “rare but may be underreported,” with the majority of reported cases being...

Radiation protection: Lightweight shield designed to reduce dose during complex endovascular procedures gains ground

It all started with a “we should do research together; this is fascinating.” The result—the production of a prototype eyewear that decreases radiation to...

VESS 2022: Novel use of TCAR to treat complex brachiocephalic disease shown to be...

A "unique" case series of patients undergoing transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) in which the system was put to novel use for proximal intervention or...

Office-based laboratory setting proves ‘safe’ for iliac vein stenting

A retrospective study of 1,223 iliac vein cases performed in three office-based laboratories (OBLs) demonstrated a major complication rate of 0.41%, suggesting these procedures...

FDA issues guidance documents for including patient perspectives in medical device studies

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two final guidances providing recommendations for including patient perspectives in medical device clinical studies.   As per...

WFVS seeks to help shape future of global vascular training through technology and collaboration

The World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS) recently entered a new era of governance with the aim of better disseminating science and best practices...

Study suggests more proximal landing zone is preferred for TEVAR of acute type B...

A review evaluating the results of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) following acute type B aortic dissection suggests most patients have less than 2cm...

Conveying vascular surgery’s essential ‘coolness’

Let’s start with a question: how do we communicate coolness? No, I am not referring to a cool or cold foot in the emergency...

Priorities and objectives will guide 2022 SVS programs

Whether it’s branding, advocacy or determining research initiatives, the process of setting Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) priorities and objectives begins with SVS members....

Strength in numbers: Global VASCC COVID-19 project helps identify framework to tackle delayed cases

When Robert Cuff, MD, and Max Wohlauer, MD, first launched the Vascular Surgery COVID-19 Collaborative (VASCC) back in the spring of 2020, the pandemic...

Guidelines recognize potential role for earlier endovascular treatment of uncomplicated type B aortic dissection

New clinical practice guidelines published today aim to act as “guard rails” to determine the treatment options and best practices for managing patients with...

UPDATED: Last call for community practice accolade

The clock is ticking to submit nominations for the 2022 Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Excellence in Community Practice Award—with an extended deadline now...

Cook Medical receives FDA breakthrough designation for new drug-eluting stent

Cook Medical has received Breakthrough Device designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a new drug-eluting stent (DES) for below the knee...

SAVS 2022: ‘Recruiting more women without knowing race/ethnicity of those women only tells part...

Failure to stratify gender by race or ethnicity, or vice versa, leads to missed opportunities in the recruitment of underrepresented members from the potential...

Medtronic recalls HawkOne directional atherectomy system

Medtronic has recalled 95,110 HawkOne directional atherectomy system devices distributed in the United States between Jan. 22, 2018, and Oct. 4, 2021, the Food...

SVS to hold Surgical Coaching Program webinar Jan. 24

Professional athletes and musicians have coaches to help them “up their games.” It follows then that vascular surgeons can benefit from coaching within the...

SAVS 2022: Skyrocketing vascular nursing costs hammer division’s financial bottom line

The profit margin of a vascular surgery division at a prominent health system in New Orleans was severely eroded during the COVID-19 pandemic period—despite...

A balance is required with non-compete agreements in surgical practice

Unless prohibited by state law, most physicians employed by hospitals or physician groups are required to sign non-compete agreements (NCAs). A recent survey of...

Giving November initiative brings in $50,000-plus to SVS Foundation

The SVS Foundation’s extension of Giving Today into Giving November was a big success, with more than $50,000 donated to Foundation research, grants, awards...

Thrombolex: Investigational RESCUE trial yields ‘exciting’ interim data

The prespecified interim analysis of the first 62 evaluable pulmonary embolism (PE) patients enrolled in the investigational RESCUE trial produced positive results, Thrombolex has...

Live-streaming to return at VAM 2022

After a successful debut in 2021, live-streaming of a variety of sessions will return to the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting...

Formally introducing Christopher Audu

The team at Vascular Specialist—led by Malachi Sheahan III, MD—is pleased to announce the appointment of University of Michigan resident Christopher Audu, MD, as...

Corner Stitch: From intentions to gratitude in 2022

A time of transition, like the dawn of a New Year, usually commences the mass drive for New Year’s resolutions and intentions. Many of...

Members involved in suggesting topics for VAM 2022 sessions

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) program planners are finalizing the lineup and topics for several types of educational session for the 2022 Vascular Annual...

Philips integrates cloud-based AI and 3D mapping into its mobile C-arm system series

Royal Philips has announced physicians will now have access to advanced new 3D image guidance capabilities through its image-guided therapy mobile C-arm system—Zenition. The...

VA: Cutting through the ‘red tape’ of research

Creating an academic career with a perfect blend of clinical work and protected time for productive research is a struggle for many surgeon-scientists. Many...

ISET 2022 audience hears latest data on endovascular therapies

At this year’s International Symposium on Endovascular Therapy (ISET), being held Jan. 16–19 in Hollywood, Florida, experts presented an array of late-breaking trial results...

Powell: Studies linking EVAR and cancer risk continue to mount

Evidence continues to accumulate of a link between endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and cancer, with even small amounts of radiation potentially converting epithelial cells...

Vascular Specialist–January 2022

In this issue: "Strength in numbers": Global VASCC COVID-19 registries have already helped identify a framework to tackle delayed cases with applicability both inside...

CSI announces development of IVL technology for the treatment of PAD

Cardiovascular Systems (CSI) recently announced that it has made significant progress towards the commercialization of its intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) system for the treatment of...

Europe: ESVS publishes 2022 guidelines on management of chronic venous disease of the lower...

The European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) has released 2022 clinical practice guidelines on the management of chronic venous disease (CVD) of the lower...

New recommendations promote ‘appropriate and effective’ use of social media in medicine

In response to a rapid augmentation of social media use in medicine over the past five years, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has...

US IDE Aortic Research Consortium ‘pushes the envelope’ on F/BEVAR

The U.S. investigational device exemption (IDE) Aortic Research Consortium has produced the strongest data so far on the use of fenestrated/branched endovascular aneurysm repair...

Our forever plague

The following is a combined and revised version of the November and December 2021 editorials on fake news and science denial published in Vascular...

Deadlines near for slew of awards, honors

It’s awards season at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the SVS Foundation, with deadlines in January, February and March for many awards...

FDA issues updated safety communication on use of Endologix AFX endovascular grafts

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an updated safety communication on the use of Endologix AFX endovascular grafts. This update includes...

VAM travel scholarship applications available this month

Medical students and general surgery residents will be able to apply this month for travel scholarships to attend the 2022 Society for Vascular Surgery...

SVS PAD course postponed

The new Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Skills Course has been postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic recent surge in cases,...

Deadlines near to submit VRIC and VAM abstracts

Abstract submissions for possible presentation at the 2022 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) and the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston are due...

VIVID study on Duo venous stent system now fully enrolled, Vesper Medical announces

Vesper Medical recently announced the completion of enrollment in its pivotal study—VIVID (Venous stent for the iliofemoral vein investigational clinical trial using the Vesper Duo venous stent...

‘Meet the Experts’ webinars now available OnDemand

Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members now have another chance to “Meet the Experts,” via computer screen and at no charge. Three of the...

VESS: A society primed for young vascular surgeons, trainees and medical students

Welcome to December where the calendar is filled with abstract and registration deadlines to various meetings through the summer of 2022. In this month‘s...

FDA approves two pediatric venous thromboembolism indications for rivaroxaban

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two pediatric indications for Xarelto (rivaroxaban): the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and reduction in the risk of recurrent...

CLI at a crossroads: Which direction now?

Vascular surgery once again finds itself at a crossroads, Michael Belkin, MD, chief of the division of vascular and endovascular surgery at Brigham and...

Nominate ‘giver, doer’ for Excellence in Community Service Award

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is asking members to consider who among the many excellent vascular surgeons they may know in community practice...

Explaining the No Surprises Act

The vast scope of the No Surprises Act—legislation signed into law in late 2020—may mean some Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members are not...

‘Leveraging multiple teams and cardiovascular specialists’

This quarter’s Leadership Corner features Young Erben, MD, interviewing Charles B. Ross, MD, chief of vascular and endovascular services at Piedmont Heart Institute, Piedmont...

TCAR affords greater quality-adjusted life years than carotid endarterectomy, cost-effectiveness model finds

A cost-effectiveness model based on peer-reviewed sources suggests that although five-year costs for transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) were higher than those for carotid endarterectomy (CEA), TCAR afforded...

SVS issues new guidelines covering carotid disease and popliteal aneurysms

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has released updated clinical practice guidelines for the management of extracranial cerebrovascular disease and popliteal artery aneurysms in...

Task Force to address question: How will we care for pediatric vascular patients?

Along with the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) plans to minimize and close some very real gaps in...

In paying back, Joe Hart pays it forward

For Joe Hart, MD, a larger donation to the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation this past year is helping him pay back several...

Wei Zhou: Prepared for change—and a more diverse, vocal generation of surgeons

There was something of a different pulse to some of the matters around this year’s Western Vascular Society (WVS) annual meeting, recalls Wei Zhou,...

Venous disease: SVS DEI Committee seeks survey participants

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is calling on vascular surgeons to complete a survey focused on patterns...

Planning underway for next VAM

One of the innovations—livestreaming— introduced at the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), is influencing the 2022 schedule. “The streaming option, particularly for international members,...

Collaborative effort key to investigating potential biomarker of acute aortic syndrome

Research indicates that plasma desmosine has the potential to act as a biomarker of acute aortic syndrome and could, in the future, be used as a...

VRIC 2022 to be held May 11 in Seattle

The Society for Vascular Surgery’s 2022 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) will return to its spring timeframe of the past several years. Abstract submission...

Smoking status ‘should not deter nor delay’ endovascular intervention in femoropopliteal vessels

Smoking does not seem to affect reocclusion rates, interval to reintervention and the total number of interventions in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients with...

Surgeons must stay skilled in femorotibial/pedal bypass surgery, Paris audience hears

At Paris Vascular Insights (PVI) 2021 (Oct. 21–23, Paris, France), Peter Schneider, MD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, emphasized the need for...

PTFE crural bypasses: ‘Very acceptable patency, excellent limb salvage is obtainable with a fairly...

“The mantra I always use with fellows is bad vein, bad bypass.” Those were the words of Gregg Landis, MD, system chief of vascular...

Senate passes bill to halt 2022 Medicare cuts

Last night, the Senate passed legislation to halt Medicare physician payment cuts that were scheduled to take effect on January 1. President Joe Biden...

New attending call model aimed at fatigue mitigation produces ‘stable’ workflow

A “paradigm shift” in attending call staffing with a focus on fatigue mitigation can be undertaken in a vascular surgery practice without disruption to...

Amplifi vein dilation system demonstrates ‘encouraging’ clinical results in hemodialysis access

Artio Medical announced that full results from its first-in-human clinical study of the Amplifi vein dilation system were presented at the 2021 VEITHSymposium (Nov....

Review the year in SVS Foundation annual report

In a year prominently defined once more by COVID-19, the SVS Foundation nonetheless took some big steps forward, with new initiatives and a big...

VSIGs increase early exposure to vascular surgery in med school

This month, we are focusing on medical student recruitment into vascular surgery. In many medical schools, students do not get any exposure to the...
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Canadian Vascular: Spin in RCTs

A large proportion of statistically nonsignificant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) yielded interpretations that were inconsistent with their results, according to an analysis of 31...

Learn by doing at February SVS PAD workshop

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) Workshop in February will feature four hours of hands-on surgical skills training, on 10...

New ACS president aims to sow seeds of hope for enhanced recovery amid pandemic

Former Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Julie A. Freischlag recently took over the presidential reins of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Here...

Rise in cardiovascular disease, vascular surgeon burnout presents a public health crisis, Western Vascular...

Cases of cardiovascular disease are rising across the U.S., with large disparities seen in ethnic groups and poorer geographical areas. In combination with increased...

Re-emerging from the pandemic: ‘What truly motivates us?’

How to find “flow” and motivation through goal setting, and reacquainting with “intrinsic priorities” on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, formed the...

Clinical evaluation of robotic-assisted peripheral artery intervention in human completed

Aopeng Medical’s Allvas endovascular intervention surgical robot has successfully carried out a first-in-human clinical evaluation of a robot-assisted peripheral artery intervention of an iliac...

Open repair: In good hands?

The twin issues of center volumes for open AAA repair as well as training implications came under the spotlight at two recent regional vascular...

‘Female sex predicts reintervention after elective EVAR for AAA’

Females were found to be at greater risk of reintervention following elective endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) at both the...

We need voices as well as opinions

I have a message for my colleagues on behalf of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Political Action Committee (PAC), quoting the famous lines from...

Journey of a trainee surgeon-scientist: Mentorship, passion and the importance of parallel projects

In August, University of Michigan general surgery resident W. James Melvin, MD, picked up the coveted Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation Resident Research...

Endologix announces completion of enrollment in TORUS 2 study for PAD in SFA

Endologix has completed enrollment in the TORUS 2 investigational device exemption (IDE) clinical study in the U.S., a press release reports. The TORUS 2 study...

Prediabetes screening: ‘Target of reducing disparities should be geared towards advocacy’

On Aug. 24, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published the newly updated recommendations regarding screening for prediabetes and type-2 diabetes mellitus.1,2...

First patient enrolled in Disrupt BTK II study for long, calcified, below-the-knee lesions

Shockwave Medical has announced the start of the Disrupt BTK II postmarket study to assess the safety, effectiveness and optimal clinical use of the Shockwave...

Research reveals improved outcomes, decreased mortality in management of aortic dissections with multidisciplinary care...

The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF) has announced the publication of research showing improved patient outcomes and significantly decreased 30-day mortality in aortic dissection patients...

Intraoperative vascular consults have risen 529% in last 15 years, single-center analysis finds

According to researchers from the University of Washington level 1 trauma center, the number of intraoperative vascular surgeon consultations has increased enormously over the...

Study: Early thrombosis after iliac stenting for venous outflow occlusion is related to disease...

Fewer than 10 days of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) after stenting for extensive iliofemoral venous occlusion prior to transition to oral anticoagulation reduces early thrombosis,...

VEITH 2021: Researchers present ex vivo demonstration of fluoroscopy-free complex AAA stent placement

“I think this represents the beginning of the end of an era where we have to use lead to perform these procedures.” Those were...

VEITH 2021: Two-year follow-up data from EVAS2 IDE study delivered

The confirmatory EVAS2 clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Endologix's Nellix endovascular aneurysm sealing system (EVAS) for the treatment of infrarenal...

Viz.ai reveals launch of new AI-powered modules for pulmonary embolism, aortic disease

Viz.ai—a company focused on artificial intelligence (AI)-driven intelligent care coordination—today announced the U.S. commercial launch of its AI-powered modules for pulmonary embolism (PE) and...

Interview: The value and utility of surgical sketches

W. Michael Park, MD, was first turned onto the utility and wonder of anatomical sketching during medical school. Back then, he developed an affinity...

Vascular Specialist–November 2021

In this issue: "In good hands?" The twin issues of center volumes for open AAA repair as well as training implications came under the...

IN.PACT Admiral DCB performs well across wide range of clinical, anatomical scenarios in pooled...

In a pooled analysis of the predictors of drug-coated balloon (DCB) effectiveness, the IN.PACT Admiral DCB (Medtronic) performed well across a broad range of clinical, anatomical...

Take advantage of SVS diabetes resources

November is National Diabetes Month. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has many resources to help its members educate their patients and families and...
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Hispanic adults with PAD access inpatient care most often via the emergency room

Hispanic adults hospitalized for treatment of symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) were more likely to access this care by going to the emergency...
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Benefits of percutaneous fistula creation further bolstered by five-year Ellipsys data

The Ellipsys vascular access system (Avenu Medical/Medtronic) can be used to easily and safely create durable percutaneous arteriovenous fistulas (pAVFs) for haemodialysis—with new, long-term...

Philips announces large-scale study outcomes on use of IVUS in peripheral interventions

Royal Philips has announced the results of a new large-scale real-world analysis of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data on the health...

VQI launches fellowship in training program, announces scholarship

The Society for Vascular Surgery’s Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) is launching a new SVS Patient Safety Organization VQI Fellowship in Training (SVS PSO...

Trainee wellness: ‘No one really prepared me for the failures’

Communication and an awareness of how often vascular surgery fails emerged as key talking points during a Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG) Lunch Symposium...

SVS: Impact of Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule remains threat to patient care

The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule released Nov. 2 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doubles down on the...

Researchers develop ‘world’s first’ smart bandage that detects multiple biomarkers for chronic wound monitoring

A research team led by Lim Chwee Teck, PhD, from the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Department of Biomedical Engineering and Institute for Health...

Learn best-, worst-case and likely scenarios of upcoming planned cuts to Medicare

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will hold a Town Hall Nov. 10 to help members understand the upcoming planned federal cuts that would...

Six top tips to help navigate interview season

Ahh October… The air is a bit cooler; pumpkin spice is in everything; and leaf colors are more dazzling. It’s interview season! If you’re...

Ontario registry risk model provides ‘reliable’ predictions of stroke, death following carotid endarterectomy

The Ontario carotid endarterectomy registry (OCER) model was found to be the most reliable predictor of stroke or death after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) among...

Julie A. Freischlag becomes president of American College of Surgeons

Newly installed American College of Surgeons (ACS) President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, called for her fellow surgeons to apply the principles that underpin enhanced...

Re-visit VAM: Watch sessions you missed

Registrants for the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) can now catch sessions they may have missed in San Diego—or otherwise review a critical presentation...
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SVS Foundation seeks auction items for VAM 2022 Gala

The SVS Foundation is planning what promises to be 2022’s party of the year—and needs the help of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members....

Envveno Medical reports successful completion of first VenoValve surgery in US pivotal trial

Envveno Medical—formerly Hancock Jaffe Laboratories—recently announced that the first VenoValve surgery in the company’s SAVVE US pivotal trial for the VenoValve has been successfully...

WIfI system helps predict revascularization benefit for diabetic patients with CLTI, study finds

A retrospective study supports the use of the Wound, ischemia, and foot infection (WIfI) classification system to predict the revascularization benefit for diabetic patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia...

Our broken system: Medical liability in vascular practice

My last editorial, “How to succeed in vascular surgery: A guide for the aspiring outlier,” was more controversial than I expected. I naively believed...

Sanford invents Breakthrough Device for TAAA

An investigational device invented at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that helps high-risk vascular disease patients has been granted a Breakthrough Device...

Julie A. Freischlag to be installed as ACS president

Former Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, will be installed as the 2021-22 president of the American College of Surgeons...

WVS 2021: Western Vascular Society names new president-elect

University of Southern California (USC) vascular chief Vincent Rowe, MD, took over as the new president of the Western Vascular Society (WVS)—with University of...

WVS 2021: Community surgeons report improved rAAA survival after adoption of EVAR-first approach

Overall survival improved from 71% to 80% after a group of community practice surgeons started using an endovascular-first approach to ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm...

The top 10 most popular Vascular Specialist stories in September

Five-year data from the ACST-2 trial comparing carotid endarterectomy and carotid artery stenting, a report from the Crawford Forum at the 2021 Vascular Annual...

Three-year VIVO results back ‘continued safety and effectiveness’ of Zilver Vena venous stent

Three-year results of the VIVO clinical study support the continued safety and effectiveness of the Zilver Vena venous stent (Cook Medical) in the treatment of symptomatic...

Vascular Specialist–October 2021

In this issue: "Not all cuts disappear": We take a look at the threat posed to vascular surgery—and the office-based lab (OBL) setting in...

SVS task force continues fight to stop cuts

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Medicare Cuts Task Force is continuing its work to stop the proposed cuts in physician reimbursement from going...

Registry data show greater clot chronicity on post-procedure inspection than initially predicted

Nearly half of patients deemed pre-procedurally to be suffering an acute case of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) turned out to have a “much more”...

PROMISE I 24-month results ‘validate the benefits of the LimFlow system’

LimFlow has announced 24-month results from the PROMISE I study of the LimFlow percutaneous deep vein arterialization system, confirming “excellent and sustained outcomes” for...

‘TCAR yields high technical success with an extraordinarily low stroke and death rate at...

Outcomes in a cohort of patients who consented to one year of follow-up after transcarotid revascularization (TCAR) treatment for carotid stenosis in the ROADSTER...

Physicians, industry urged to tackle multifactorial stroke risk following thoracic endovascular procedures

As evidence builds on the importance of reducing the risk of stroke by removing residual air prior to thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) procedures,...

One-year results show ‘superior’ primary patency rate for Eluvia DES compared to bare metal...

One-year results presented at Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) 2021 in Las Vegas (Oct. 5–7) from the EMINENT trial demonstrated the superiority of the Eluvia...

IN.PACT AV DCB sustained ‘superior’ effectiveness in subgroups with high reintervention rates out to...

Several subgroups of patients treated with the IN.PACT AV drug-coated balloon (DCB) for arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) demonstrated a “statistically significant” higher rate of target...

VIVA 2021: IVL ‘consistently’ treats real-world calcium in multiple peripheral vessel beds 

An interim analysis from the DISRUPT PAD III observational study showed that intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) performs “consistently well” across challenging peripheral vessels, lesions and...

Vascular surgeons found to ask twice as many closed- versus open-ended questions in patient...

Patients reported they mostly felt their provider was adequate in terms of engaging in shared decision-making during asymptomatic vascular consults, according to a qualitative...

Study detects no difference in adverse outcomes from balloon dilatation strategy used during TCAR

Avoiding a strategy of post-stent balloon dilation during transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) may be unnecessary—a “contradistinction” to results shown in conventional transfemoral carotid artery...

Two-year Ranger DCB data demonstrate ‘sustained, high rate’ of device efficacy

Patients treated with Boston Scientific’s Ranger drug-coated balloon (DCB) sustained “improved primary patency” with fewer reinterventions than those treated with uncoated devices, two-year results...

VIVA 2021: IN.PACT Admiral DCB found to provide ‘high five-year freedom from clinically driven...

Real-world data drawn from the IN.PACT Global study looking at five-year freedom from clinically driven target lesion revascularization (TLR) among prespecified chronic total occlusion...

VIVA 2021: Consensus established for appropriate use of IVUS in peripheral interventions

A worldwide committee of 40 cross-specialty medical experts achieved what was hailed as the first-ever consensus for the appropriate use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)...

Cuts to Medicare: ‘As vascular disease complexity increases, reimbursement for complex care decreases’

Outgoing Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society (MVSS) President Kellie Brown, MD, has seen fundamental changes to the way vascular surgery is practiced during her 20...

AI and transforming vascular surgery

The 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) Roy Greenberg Distinguished Lecture saw delegates hear about the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to transform vascular surgery....

Surgeons relate patient-reported outcomes experiences

Ashley K. Vavra, MD, and Christopher J. Smolock, MD, talk to Vascular Specialist about why they decided to collect patient-reported outcomes (PROs), how they...

VQI partners with Symmetric Health Solutions to improve device identification accuracy

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) has announced a partnership with Symmetric Health Solutions aimed at elevating the consistency and...

Spotlight: Vascular surgeons in the news

Daniel Clair, MD, has been named the inaugural chair of the newly formed Department of Vascular Surgery in the Section of Surgical Sciences at...

UCLA-SVS review course starts Oct. 1

There’s less than a month left to register for the Sixth Annual UCLA-SVS Symposium set to take place Oct. 1 to 3 at the...