Humacyte recently announced the presentation of a clinical update on the Human Acellular Vessel (HAV) for the treatment of vascular trauma. The update was presented by Ukrainian surgeon collaborators, Oleksandr Sokolov (Dnipro State Medical University, Dnipro, Ukraine) and Vasyl...
To leverage the power of direct engagement with lawmakers on the part of constituents, the SVS advocacy team is launching a grassroots advocacy plan to help foster this direct communication between SVS members and their federal lawmakers.  The program will...
The European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) has released clinical practice guidelines on radiation safety, which the writing committee notes are the first guidelines on the topic to be published under the auspices of a vascular surgical society. The...
“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 typical reasons. Our patients’ blood pressure wasn’t sky high in pre-op, and our case wasn’t...
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 of Vascular Surgery (JVS) papers, to speaking on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts, and...
Deep in to the second half of the year, there is no rest for the weary regarding Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) advocacy initiatives. In July the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its calendar year 2023...
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 aneurysms (AAAs) under traditional sizing criteria.  That was among the chief findings in a paper presented...
In this issue: No time like the present: The moral imperative for advocacy in vascular surgery (p. 2 and 4) Corner Stitch: Audible Bleeding cuts down to vascular core (p. 10) Trial supports full-dose anticoagulation to prevent blood clots...
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 guest edited by Caitlin W. Hicks, MD, the associate fellowship program director for vascular surgery...
The Society for Vascular Surgery Vascular Quality Initiative (SVS VQI) clinical registry announced this week it has now collected more than one million procedures in its database. The SVS VQI is a not for profit clinical registry dedicated to improving...
Aortobifemoral grafting for aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD) probably remains “very safe” in the era of endovascular repair, according to the senior author behind a new paper exploring optimal approaches to the often burdensome condition. The research team, led by...
This month a multinational collaboration of researchers received endorsement from the Global Cardiovascular Research Funders Forum (GCRFF) Multinational Clinical Trials Initiative for the WARRIORS (Women’s abdominal aortic aneurysm research: repair immediately or routine surveillance) trial. The trial aims to answer...
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 course say you’re sure to learn valuable skills and strategies to help in treating patients...
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 a population-based retrospective cohort study, researchers from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, found...
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 admission to intervention of 168 vs. 78 minutes compared to White patients.  The finding is part...
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 study to assess real-world treatment of standard surgical risk patients with carotid artery disease using...
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 breaking research presented in a Hot Line session at ESC Congress 2022 (Aug. 26–29) in Barcelona,...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has exceeded the necessary compliance threshold required to retain its seat in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, the Society has announced.   Members were informed that the SVS had received an official...
Inari Medical has announced planned enrollment of the DEFIANCE randomized controlled trial (RCT), which is designed to compare the clinical outcomes of patients with iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis (DVT) treated with the ClotTriever system versus anticoagulation only. The trial will enroll 300 patients...
Sept. 4 to 10 is Vascular Nurses Week. It’s the perfect opportunity for Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members to “give the gift of dual membership” to both SVS and the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) to their vascular...
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members have developed new methods and tools to assess patient frailty and possible surgical outcomes more simply before patients undergo vascular surgical procedures. Larry Kraiss, MD, Shipra Arya, MD, SM, and Julie Hales, MS,...
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 device when used for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) sac management during elective endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). The AAA-SHAPE...
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 stenting for chronic outflow obstructions is an “efficacious and safe” treatment in selected patients. These findings...
I have come up with a brilliant plan that will decrease the incidence of stroke nationwide, provide an excellent source of income for vascular surgeons, and reduce vascular surgeons’ stress and burnout. My concept is based on two recent...
Patients categorized as living in neighborhoods with high levels of disadvantage under the Area Deprivation Index (ADI) measure of community adversity have more advanced peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and lower rates of revascularization versus amputation, a new retrospective analysis...
Matthew Mell, MD, has spent a lot of time looking into issues around screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). The problem, says the chief of vascular surgery at University of California Davis in Sacramento, California, is a difficult one...
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 amputation (LEA) in a Latin American low- and middle-income country (LMIC). The investigators write that...
When it comes to coding, information gaps can lead to revenue gaps. Proper coding and documentation are integral to receiving appropriate reimbursement for vascular procedures.  And coding for these procedures can be tricky, with many nuances. The Society for Vascular...
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 had previous DVT in the same leg 10 years ago, wore stockings and was active....
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 to “increase the diversity of perspective.” They will serve for the remainder of the fiscal year...
Vascular surgeons can learn how to make electronic medical records (EMRs) work for them at a webinar Sept. 7. The webinar, sponsored jointly by the Society for Vascular Surgery’s Community Practice Section and the Health Information Technology and Wellness...
The 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) has been touted as the most diverse to date. As attendees ourselves, we can attest to the increased representation among attendees, presenters and moderators.  A dedicated session, named “Building diversity and equitable systems in...
The addition of a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) editor at the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) was found to be associated with more diversified publications and perspectives—including a significant increase in the number of women involved in the...
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 vein thrombosis (DVT) versus proximal DVT. The findings were recently published in JAMA Cardiology. The differences...
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 (MPFS) Proposed Rule followed by the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory...
It all started around the late 1970s, early 1980s. Back then, recalls Frank J. Veith, MD, the notion of aggressively pursuing limb salvage in a gangrenous foot or toe went against the grain of current thinking. What Veith and...
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 to discuss all facets of aortic care from selection to investigation, diagnosis, techniques and technologies....
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, Uber. This lies in the belief that the U.S. government is slow, risk-averse and cumbersome...
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 cleared the expanded indication for the Auryon system’s 2mm and 2.35mm catheters to include adjacent...
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 global consensus for the appropriate use of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in lower-extremity arterial and venous interventions. Published...
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 Payment Program. In the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the use of PRO tools was...
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 for the treatment of occlusive disease of the superficial femoral artery (SFA). This comes only a...
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 recommendations assist physicians in clinical decision-making in their daily practices.  The challenge for practicing physicians “is...
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 who utilise graft circuits for dialysis treatment. Jeffrey Lawson, MD, PhD, and Shawn Gage, PA-C, of...
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 paper, "Carotid artery stenting: JACC state-of-the art review", details significant advances in the field of...
Postprocedural compression of one to two weeks after superficial venous incompetence (SVI) treatment is associated with reduced pain compared with a shorter duration. This is according to a study published in the August edition of the British Journal of...
This advertorial is sponsored by ACHL “It’s really sad—but it’s true: In the PAD space, we’re really behind. We’re behind in our understanding of the physiology, the anatomy to some extent, the way the disease permeates through the leg.”  Those are...
Like most of the other readers of Vascular Specialist, I look forward to perusing each release for not just useful information but also insightful editorials that frame ongoing issues in thoughtful and entertaining ways. I personally find that I...
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 and treatment of many chronic diseases of the cardiovascular system.  The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS)...
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 Step Challenge—asks surgeons to walk the walk (p. 1 and 8) Comment & Analysis: A...
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 veterans decide between their options demonstrated that surgeons can safely defer AAA repair in patients...
"There are not enough vascular surgeons to do the work our specialty provides." Those are the stark words of Jason T. Lee, MD, president of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS), as he reflects on some...
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 of surgeons. I remember being on the cusp of my first day a year ago,...
Members are still raving about the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) even while organizers seek topics for educational sessions for the 2023 edition. Proposals are due at 3 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday, Aug. 24.   Submissions for the invited...
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) Leadership Development Program (LDP) are due Aug. 15. The year-long, highly interactive learning experience is recommended...
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 using the first-generation version of the technology across the first 50 procedures performed.  The data were...
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 can be treated safely and effectively using the AMDS hybrid prosthesis. The trial is designed...
Intraoperative ultrasonographic venous mapping is a useful tool to evaluate vessel suitability for arteriovenous fistula (AVF) creation, Yana Etkin, MD, associate professor of surgery at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Lake Success, New York, concluded at...
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 at least twice as likely to suffer from PAD as their white counterparts, a disparity...
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 a recent study. Writing in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, Taylor Corsi, BS, a medical student at Rutgers University, Piscataway,...
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 of What’s New in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery.” The course is coming up quickly. It will...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Physician Assistant (PA) Section seeks applicants for its Steering Committee. The committee will be developing content for section members to help them improve patient care and quality. Applications are due Aug. 3. Learn more...
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% share of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members must also maintain active membership at the...
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, including aspirin and statin use, was used less frequently among female compared with male patients...
Cordis has announced the start of the European RADIANCY premarket clinical study of a stent system designed for radial access in the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). RADIANCY is a prospective, multicenter, single-arm study to assess the safety and...
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 device in treating arteriovenous graft (AVG) venous anastomotic stenosis when anatomically and clinically suitable. Writing in...
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 among vascular surgeons, amputation rates in Black and Hispanic CLTI patients, and VAM's inaugural Women's...
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 Dabra excimer laser system for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). A company press...
Merit Medical has announced the successful enrollment of the first patient in its WRAP registry study in a press release. The study will evaluate the clinical benefits associated with the use of the Wrapsody cell-impermeable endoprosthesis in patients receiving...
Emotional intelligence has been widely accepted as an important element of leadership. The seminal work of Daniel Goldman informs us that the education of leaders involves the four essentials of emotional and social intelligence (self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness and...
Addressing challenges of diversity and inclusion within medical schools and the larger physician workforce should begin with a conversation about the intrinsic barriers to higher education. In an economic analysis report of medical school matriculants published by the AAMC,...
Artificial intelligence (AI) models can be developed to predict the risk of postoperative complications after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) with “high accuracy,” research presented at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston (June 15–18) demonstrated.  “Complications after EVAR can...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is no longer the organization it was half a century ago. That was one of the core messages from the Society’s now Immediate Past President Ali AbuRahma, MD, during his Presidential Address at...
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 SVS secretary and president. And a leader in creating the Vascular Surgery Board (VSB). For all...
Following the recent approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Thoraflex Hybrid frozen elephant trunk (FET) device for the treatment of patients with complex aortic arch disease, Terumo Aortic has now announced the first commercial implant...
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 a cloud-based, artificially intelligent image fusion system in comparison to standard treatment to guide endovascular...
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 (SVS) President Frank Veith, MD. Immediate Past President Ali AbuRahma, MD, announced the new...
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 struck him there was a gap in the market. While those training in most other...
The workforce shortage issues set to plague vascular surgery over the next few decades, alongside an aging population and increase in vascular disease, formed the backdrop to a 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) breakout session in Boston (June 15–18)...
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 in at 78.5% and 98.6%, 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) attendees heard.  The data relate to...
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), talks about the priorities he has set out for his time at the helm, which...
A University of Texas at Arlington bioengineer is leading a project to develop biodegradable nanomaterials that will take pictures and deliver medicine to combat peripheral arterial disease (PAD), the university announced in a press release. Kytai Nguyen, a UTA bioengineering...
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 COVID-19 infection due to a lingering co-inflammatory state, and D-dimer may be a useful screening...
Jan S. Brunkwall, MD, from the University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany, delivered the Roy Greenberg Distinguished Lecture at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), telling attendees “more is less, and less is more!" when it comes to treatment...
A study of the impact of Vascular Surgery Interest Groups (VSIGs) can have on piquing awareness and engagement of medical students in the specialty found a spike among first years taking electives in vascular surgery after a series of...
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 a symptom, the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) heard during the John Homans Lecture on...
A preliminary report lends evidence to support female sex being considered as an independent risk factor for new stroke occurrence after carotid revascularization in symptomatic patients, according to a research team from Italy who presented at the International Chapter...
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, and suggest that these may be contributing to “oversurveillance”—an issue that should be addressed in...
From the first Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) that featured just eight papers, to VAM 2022 with many more times that number of presentations, each gathering through this year's 75th edition has featured research, friendships and the desire to improve...
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 Meeting (VAM) demonstrated patient-specific variables such as self-reported female gender, current smoking, impaired mobility and...
The use of systemic heparin during thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) for blunt thoracic aortic injuries (BTAI) appears to be safe in selected patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), a new study presented at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting...
The role diversity played in the past, how it functions in the present, and where it might take vascular surgery in the future formed one of the central themes running through the Presidential Address delivered by outgoing Society for...
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 and improved early post-discharge visits. Thirty-day readmission rates remained unchanged despite these efforts, however, and...
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 78% of participants completing the whole course, the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) heard. The findings...
Humacyte today announced that the first Ukrainian patients have received implants of the Human Acellular Vessel (HAV) for the treatment of vascular trauma injuries. The implants are part of Humacyte’s humanitarian relief initiative to provide investigational HAVs to multiple...
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 carotid endarterectomy (CEA). The findings of this analysis have been published by Jon Matsumura (University...
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 during the SVS Annual Business Meeting, which took place on Saturday, June 18, in Boston...
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 field in addition to other trainees outside of our usual orb. In his 2020 Vascular...
Despite greater comorbid conditions, patients with obesity benefited as much as patients with normal body mass index (BMI) from iliac vein stent placement for proximal venous outflow obstruction (PVOO) in a study from a research group in New York....
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 of publications reflect on their time at the helm and the changes they’ve seen—and implemented—along...
Featured in this VAM daily edition: F/BEVAR has high technical success and low mortality in chronic post-dissection TAAA (p. 1 and 3) Systemic heparin during TEVAR deemed safe for selected traumatic brain injury patients (p. 6) Female sex ‘should...
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 yesterday. The topics of “Supporting Women Vascular Surgeons—From Recruitment through Senior Leadership” reflected the name with...
Vascular surgery assistance in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) can facilitate safe and effective device introduction through cases involving challenging femoral or iliac access. This was the conclusion delivered by Enrico Gallitto, MD, from the University of Bologna, Bologna,...
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 conclusion was presented by Mohamed A. Abdelhalim, MBChB, a PhD research fellow at St Thomas’...
Featured in this VAM daily edition: Researchers report higher three-year amputation, reintervention rates in Black and Hispanic CLTI patients (p. 1 and 2) Six years, much growth and multiple changes to Journal of Vascular Surgery publications (p. 1 and...
New white lesions are not a common occurrence in patients who have undergone transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR), a study in which patients were assessed post-procedurally using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI), has found.  This was the finding delivered by Raghu...
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members deemed payment and reimbursement among the top advocacy priorities for 2022. A session Wednesday at VAM informed attendees about Medicare payment issues and relayed information on the past, what’s going on in the...
An absence of patient trust in their doctors and hospital systems yesterday morning emerged as a key talking point amid a comprehensive deep dive into some of the problems vascular surgeons tackle in their efforts to broaden access to...
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 rates; survival, however, was higher among Black patients and similar between Hispanic and White patients....
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 with carotid artery disease. The ROADSTER 3 study will fulfill the US Food and Drug Administration’s...
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 organizations, how their presidencies are progressing, and what papers and talks they are looking out...
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 available right after the session concludes. Access them now in the mobile app or in...
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 Center. Users can easily search for meeting information via laptop, tablet or phone. Visit the VAM...
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. These sessions, on a variety of topics of importance to vascular surgeons, frequently play to...
For the first time, all those who are part of the five Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) membership sections have educational presentations geared specifically to them at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). VAM has offered education targeted to vascular physician...
As part of the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) International Fast Talk session on the morning of Wednesday, June 15, Emiliano Chisci, MD, from San Giovanni di Dio Hospital in Florence, Italy, will be presenting the results of a 15-year...
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathways have been beneficial for many surgical specialties and are now available to guide the perioperative care of patients undergoing open aortic operations. The Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI) will discuss this important topic starting...
The Vascular and Endovascular Surgical Society (VESS) Paper Session at the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston on Wednesday, June 15, will see Othman M. Abdul-Malak, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, deliver results from...
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, already, he is looking ahead to where the research might go next, and the wider...
Adham Elmously, MD, a fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, is set to present outcomes of early transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) vs. carotid endarterectomy (CEA) after acute neurologic events during the opening day of the Vascular Annual...
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) Wednesday, June 15, is a presentation by Sukgu M. Han, MD, from the Keck Medical...
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 complex aortoiliac occlusive disease (AIOD). At the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC) 2022 in Leipzig, Germany (June 6–9),...
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 role in treating vascular injury, and a look inside the most recent issue of Seminars...
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 Vascular Center in Arnsberg, Germany, who presented one-year outcomes from the PRESTIGE pilot study at...
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 resource to their patients at risk of the potentially devastating disease no matter the...
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: volumes, structural connectivity, functional connectivity and other relevant findings associated with neurodegeneration,’ he says. Society for...
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. Both will be held in October after being postponed in 2021 because of a surge...
Michael Dalsing, MD, talks to Vascular Specialist about how his formative years growing up in rural Wisconsin, as well as experience of operating in inner-city Indianapolis, helped inform the topic he chose for this year’s Crawford Critical Issues Forum...
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, MSPH, chairs the committee. Other members are Jessica Fernandes, Katherine Ann Kinser, Stephen Robischon, Robert...
The SVS Quality Improvement Committee has created a community on the subject matter on SVSConnect. This will be a forum for QI education and discussion.  The committee invites SVS members to join, then post their questions, challenges and successes. These...
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 the newest medications and may not require surgery. That is according to new research from...
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 affair—was held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 8, 1947. Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, was...
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 Organization (SVS PSO) and their Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI), has expanded coverage for TCAR to...
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, significantly reduced cardiovascular death, cardiac death and myocardial infarction through three years of follow-up when...
The evolutionary process by which vascular surgery became a bona fide independent discipline has much to thank the American Board of Vascular Surgery (ABVS), but the specialty’s certification interests are now fully met by the American Board of Surgery...
In this re-launch issue: The Crawford Forum@VAM 2022: SVS President-elect Michael Dalsing discusses this year's topic: "Quality Vascular Care for All—An Aspirational Goal of Merit" (p. 1 and 11) Medical editor Malachi Sheahan III, MD, tackles 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 writing about what I truly love: fake feuds with other specialties. Remember the heady days...
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 those projects designed to explore solutions to the significant disparities in vascular surgical care across...
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 DEB to be available to U.S. patients, the company announced in a press release. The Selution...
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 balloon (DCB), indicated for the interventional treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the superficial...
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 University of California, Los Angeles, and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) collaborate on the...
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 guideline document, authored by chairperson Ross Naylor, MBChB, from Leicester Vascular Institute, Leicester, England, co-chairperson...
VentureMed Group recently announced that it has completed enrollment of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) entitled "Flex Vessel Prep prior to PTA for the treatment of obstructive lesions in the native AVF." This RCT was conducted to assess primary...
To date, research in aortic dissection has focused on management and outcomes focused on technical results, and survival. Little is known about what is important to patients living with or at risk for aortic dissection. The Aortic Dissection Collaborative...
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 endovascular aneurysm repair (FEVAR) using Cydar's EV Intelligent Maps—representing the first report of an improvement...
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 the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) 2022 Scientific Sessions (May 19–22) in Atlanta. The...
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 out to two years with preservation of future treatment options compared to percutaneous transluminal angioplasty...
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 on DCB type, nor the dose level of the drug administered, and was not associated...
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 received guideline-recommended drugs less frequently. However, it also highlighted that female sex was associated with...
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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had granted premarket approval for the Venovo venous stent. In...
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 at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. “Due to the strong association between AAA and cancer,...
Researcher Woon-Hong Yeo and his collaborators at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA) are trying to improve the odds for vascular patients with development of an implantable soft electronic monitoring system. Their new device, according to a Georgia...
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 Society’s collective story.   The contest began in March and ends May 19. One winner and...
The digital version of the April 2022 issue of Vascular Specialist, the most recent editorial by our medical editor focusing on diversity within the vascular surgery workforce, and an interview chronicling the new age about to begin at the...
Results from the multicenter, retrospective ODYSSEUS study carried out in The Netherlands suggest that less frequent surveillance after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) may be warranted. However, authors Anna C. M. Geraedts, MD, of Amsterdam University Medical Centres, Amsterdam, The...
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 announced the start of a military operation aiming to “demilitarize and denazify Ukraine.” A few...
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 Cydar Medical, delivered a Podium 1st presentation titled “Making endovascular aortic repair outcomes more predictable:...
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) has released a position statement outlining competencies for endovascular specialists who provide care for chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). The first-of-its-kind document, “SCAI/ACR/APMA/SCVS/SIR/SVM/SVS/VESS position statement on competencies for endovascular specialists providing CLTI...
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. Election results will be announced at the SVS Annual Business Meeting on June 18 during...
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 for dialysis. These findings were delivered by Tjun Tang, MD—who also highlighted “excellent” technical and...
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 standard risk for adverse events from carotid endarterectomy (CEA), Silk Road Medical announced today. Previously,...
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 U.S.  The projects will be part of the Foundation’s VISTA (Vascular Volunteers In Service To All)...
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 months, with no difference in mortality, was revealed during a Podium 1st presentation at the 2022...
In January, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Strategic Board met and forged its objectives for the coming fiscal year. Two months later the course is being set for action as goals translate into objectives, and objectives transform into...
To combat the “overtreatment problem” in the appropriate care of venous disease, “a concerted, complex, multimodal effort” is required from specialists across disparate parts of the world. That was the conclusion delivered by Manj Gohel, MD, of Cambridge University Hospitals,...
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members receive many important discounts as a privilege of belonging. These perks include discounts to important references in diagnosing and treating vascular injury, including Rich’s Vascular Trauma and Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy.  Both...
Striving for excellence in research is one of the defining characteristics of an academic surgeon. But simply doing great research is not enough. The dissemination of that research through academic forums, presentations and publications is just as critical because...
Concerns about veterans getting access to quality healthcare in a timely fashion led to the Veterans Choice Act in 2014 followed by the VA MISSION Act in 2019. These programs provide veterans with the opportunity to receive healthcare in...
From the opening session on the Wednesday morning of the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM), to announcing the winners of the Poster Competition Championship Round on Saturday afternoon, attendees at the 2022 meeting will find plenty to keep them interested.  That’s...
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 deliver a poignant message to Annual Symposium attendees during the 2022 SCVS Presidential Address: “the...
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 are much more bearable when a week of sun and sand beckons part-way through.  Access to...
Terumo Aortic today announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval of the Thoraflex Hybrid frozen elephant trunk device for commercial sale in the U.S. for the treatment of patients with complex aortic arch disease. Thoraflex Hybrid...
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions (SCAI) has released an official position statement providing evidence-based recommendations for percutaneous transaxillary arterial access and training for clinicians. The document was published in the Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography...
Among the posts catching Vascular Specialist readers' eyes last month were the digital flipbook version of our March print edition, a new study looking at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) recommendations, and an...
Vascular surgeons in private practice could play a crucial role in alleviating one of the existential problems currently vexing the specialty: The training of future generations of specialists and its intersection with declining numbers of open abdominal aortic aneurysm...
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 to 40 new global sites, combining Cydar’s augmented intelligence technology with Medtronic’s services and case...
My mother was a child of the 1960s. Despite not having a college degree, she was determined to teach my sister and me that women could do anything. I guess my sister was really the intended target, but I...
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 safety and efficacy of its natural vascular scaffolding (AlucentNVS) technology. The therapy is designed to...
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 ready to click the button and capture your lives and specialty, from photos of your...
This advertorial is sponsored by ACHL For Anahita Dua, MBChB, the stark realities and complexities of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients undergoing endovascular treatment for chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) coalesce into one important truth: the necessity of entering the operating...
Barriers thrown up between the worlds of private or community vascular surgery and academic practice need to be dismantled for the betterment of the specialty at large. At stake are some of the very fundamentals of what makes vascular...
In this issue: In our April cover story, we report from the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS) Annual Symposium on new evidence that lays out out how vascular surgeons in private practice could play a crucial role in...
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 research that the late Clowes himself studied. “He’s really the father of this field,” she said....
A retrospective review of a rare set of pediatric bone tumor resection cases with significant blood vessel involvement has demonstrated 100% limb salvage and 0% local recurrence. The 14-year experience involved 117 cases treated at Louisiana State University (LSU) and...
With changes occurring regularly in the publication business of scientific journals, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is planning changes with its own Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) publications. Effective July 1, Immediate Past President Ronald Dalman, MD, will...
The abstracts presented at the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) are the result not just of thorough research, but also a meticulous—and blind—selection process.  The procedure starts months ahead of the yearly annual meeting, with the...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is urging members to join the American Medical Association (AMA) in a bid to maintain a critical voice in the decision-making process for the specialty. The reason is simple: Unless the percentage of dual...
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 CE mark clearance. A company press release details that the Shockwave M5+ catheter is specifically designed to...
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 details that, while the product is not commercially available yet, the benefits of the designation...
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 for pouch damage resulting in a loss of sterility. This is according to a news...
Looking to the future, genetic testing may play a role in guiding the intensity of therapeutic interventions and preventive strategies in patients with venous disease. This finding comes from a case-control study on the clinical implications of genetic variation...
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 amputation (TMA) was not associated with a major amputation down the road, according to a...
Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) does not appear to either reduce or increase the risk of dementia, despite it having been shown to reduce stroke risk. This is according to 20-year results from the ACST-1 trial, published online ahead of print...
A vascular surgery research team with a growing reputation for its work investigating appropriateness in care in the peripheral vascular bed recently uncovered an association between increased regional market competition among proceduralists and higher odds of revascularization being carried...
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 uplift them on their journeys to improved health.  As all are acutely aware, COVID-related restrictions on...
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 Community Service Award, is exclusively for those who practice in the community setting, including members...
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 Journal of Vascular Surgery publications. Launched in April 2020, the research has appeared in not...
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 Medicare data exploring the association between the realities of local medical-legal landscapes and diabetes-related care...
Industry players and device makers have helped spark new science and innovation in vascular surgery amid flatlining National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, but physicians must pay heed to the conflicting agendas in the partnerships formed with these companies,...
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 attend a health policy leadership course taking place in June.  The $8,000 ACS/SVS Health Policy Scholarship...
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, 2022. The VSB is comprised of approximately 12 members who represent the spectrum of vascular...
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 Efemoral vascular scaffold system marks a significant milestone in a mission to save legs and...
Noon on March 19, 2021, marked the end of an unprecedented year in the world of resident recruiting. Months of virtual interviews, “away” rotations done through a computer screen, and a few short trips to prospective cities amidst rolling...
Women make up a growing percentage of vascular surgeons. And they now have a new professional membership home within the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS)—the SVS Women’s Section.  SVS leadership approved the new membership section in 2021. It is intended...
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 all vascular professionals is set for June 15–18 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston....
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 two systems, with findings ultimately matching the reasons given for the recall at the time. A...
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 imagine a time when we will we once again feel comfortable walking hospital halls without...
Themes rooted in the life of Achilles, the heroic figure from Greek mythology, and the concept of “emotional stamina” underpinned the message delivered from the presidential podium during the 2022 winter annual meeting of the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery...
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 five patients experienced an intraoperative adverse event, according to a press release announcing study results...
In a secondary analysis of the SUNSET sPE randomized control trial, lead investigator Efthymios Avgerinos, MD, of the division of vascular surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and colleagues found differences in biomarker levels in response to...
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, Florida. Catching the audience’s attention, researchers highlighted a head-to-head study of dedicated versus non-dedicated stents,...
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" chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) patients, the eponymous device maker announced today. “The PROMISE II investigators are...
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 patients with claudication is a safe and effective long-term treatment option. Writing in the Journal of Vascular...
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, MD, and colleagues at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas, regarding the lightweight shield designed to...
An insight into the benefits of virtual learning from the perspective of a medical student on the cusp of residency as the early stages of the pandemic played out was delivered during the most recent Society for Vascular Surgery...
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 4) Plans for the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) continue to shape up, with Gala...
The Executive Board of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) recently revealed the new composition of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS) publications‘ senior leadership. The changes are set to take effect on July 1. The editorial structure atop the...
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 and addressing how papers on social determinants of health are written and reviewed. Part of...
Iliac vein stents tolerate a gravid uterus well and a possible future pregnancy should not contraindicate their usage in the treatment of pelvic venous insufficiency (PVI), according to new research published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and...
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 Peden, MD, an associate professor of cardiovascular surgery at Houston Methodist Hospital, in a no-holds-barred...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Postgraduate Education Committee is breaking up the format in favor of change and innovation for two sessions at this year’s Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). These in-person-only events will involve both networking and social...
An emerging endovenous valve formation system designed to treat patients with chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) with evidence of deep venous reflux has demonstrated continual improvement since U.S. investigators started performing clinical cases with the device 18 months ago, according...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it has issued a letter to healthcare providers emphasizing the importance of lifelong surveillance, including imaging, for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). "Regular imaging surveillance, within 30-days...
Time is quickly running out for medical students and general surgery residents to apply for Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) travel scholarships to attend the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston this June. “I wasn’t sure what I wanted...
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 during the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston this summer.   They have already purchased tables...
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) population regardless of clot chronicity level, the 2022 annual meeting of the American Venous Forum...
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) annual meeting (VENOUS2022) held in Orlando, Florida (Feb. 23–26). The results showed that VenoValve recipients—now an...
With abstract selection finished this month and the lineup of many other sessions in place, organizers are excited about the offerings of the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM).  VAM 2022 will be held June 15–18 at the Hynes Convention Center...
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 patients that concluded “sex discordance between surgeons and patients negatively affected outcomes following common procedures.”1...
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 hospitals with a 30-day mortality rate less than 5%. “Open AAA repair has decreased in frequency...
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 address perioperative challenges faced by vascular surgery patients. The ERAS pathways have proven beneficial for a...
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 mountain or secluded location. Perhaps it’s providing the chance to stay in a house by...
Ra Medical Systems, a medical device company focused on developing the excimer laser system to treat vascular diseases, has announced that enrollment has reached 95 subjects in the pivotal clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the...
As everyone turned the page on 2021 and entered 2022 with a new hope for a return to normalcy, vascular surgeons continue to be at the forefront of the fight to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our days and nights are...
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 free-wheeling discussion following his presentation, “I got a lot of meaningful input into my research,”...
2020 was a herald year. It ushered in a global pandemic and a reckoning with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in our workspaces. Vascular surgery, by nature of the diseases we encounter and our longitudinal relationship with...
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 Practice Award.  Applications now are being accepted through March 31 for this award, formerly known as...

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 ago, according to JVS editors Peter Lawrence, MD, and Peter Gloviczki, MD. “In 2021, we modified...
Burnout is associated with silence in various contexts. It is called the silent crisis, the silent epidemic, or the silent killer. What is not talked about is the pressure or fear at work, whether professional or personal, that can...
This advertorial is sponsored by Tampa General Hospital.  Patients with complex pararenal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) disease are faced with limited treatment options outside of one of the most technically and physiologically demanding operations on a vascular surgeon’s schedule:...
Inari Medical has announced that the first patient has been enrolled in PEERLESS prospective, randomized controlled trial (RCT) comparing the outcomes of patients with intermediate-high risk pulmonary embolism (PE) treated with the FlowTriever system versus catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT). The first...
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 firefighter” analogy. A research team that included fourth-year medical student Abigail Hatcher, MS, of Emory University...
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 Research Consortium (ARC) had better 30-day and one-year survival compared with those recorded in the...
Medical students and general surgery residents have until March 9 to apply for Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) travel scholarships that enable attendance at the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston this June.  The scholarships are the SVS General...

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 SVS Lifetime Achievement Award, the Medal for Innovation in Vascular Surgery, the Distinguished Fellow Designation,...
In this issue: "Vital signs": Reporting from the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery (SAVS) annual meeting on skyrocketing nursing costs and their contribution to a financial hit on a vascular division's bottom line (p. 1 and 10) February's guest...
An analysis of the worldwide experience of transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) has produced key objective proficiency metrics and an analytic framework to assess adequate training for the procedure. “Training on cadavers or synthetic models achieved clinical outcomes, technical outcomes...
A new research letter in Stroke outlines use of the novel National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us research program dataset of diverse participant data to identify factors that increase the risk of carotid artery stenosis and those...
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 coverage of the U.S. investigational device exemption (IDE) Aortic Research Consortium and how the chief...
On Feb. 7, Medtronic issued a notice emphasizing that the same warnings and precautions issued for the HawkOne directional atherectomy system also apply for the company's TurboHawk Plus 6Fr system due to design similarities. The company stresses that this...
Atherectomy use during index peripheral vascular interventions in claudicants is associated with higher reintervention rates when compared to other technologies, a newly unveiled study by Caitlin Hicks, MD, and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, shows. The researchers...
This advertorial is sponsored by Gore. The aorta is special. As one of the most complex and critically important vessels of the vascular system, the aorta presents unique challenges. As such, it deserves an investment in constant and specialized care...
William A. Marston, MD, was recalling a recent experience acting as a bone marrow donor for a family member, and the moment it dawned on him, after the harvesting procedure with a specialist in the field, the true value...
The presence of spin, or overinterpretation, in scientific papers that ultimately demonstrate statistically insignificant findings had been gnawing away at Thomas Forbes, MD, for quite some time. The practice, the University of Toronto vascular chair reflects, is by no means...
Stent migration following treatment of acute iliofemoral thrombus or venous obstruction is “rare but may be underreported,” with the majority of reported cases being shorter and smaller diameter stents. This is the main concluding finding of a systematic review...
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 the eye and brain—is the more-than-decade-long toil of Melissa Kirkwood, MD, and colleagues at UT...
A "unique" case series of patients undergoing transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) in which the system was put to novel use for proximal intervention or incorporated in a hybrid approach to complex brachiocephalic disease demonstrated it to be effective in...
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 are safe and well-tolerated in this setting, the authors say. According to corresponding researcher Levan Sulakvelidze,...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two final guidances providing recommendations for including patient perspectives in medical device clinical studies.   As per an FDA press release, the finalized version of the first of these two guidance documents,...
The World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS) recently entered a new era of governance with the aim of better disseminating science and best practices for vascular surgeons operating in every corner of the globe. Palma Shaw, MD, WFVS secretary-general,...
A review evaluating the results of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) following acute type B aortic dissection suggests most patients have less than 2cm of proximal healthy descending thoracic aorta. In patients treated for complicated acute type B aortic...
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 room in need of assessment for acute limb ischemia. We have validated clinical scales to...
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. The SVS conducts a census, which includes asking members to rank-order priorities, every other year....
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 was still in its first wave, and the goal of a new vascular surgery registry...
New clinical practice guidelines published today aim to act as “guard rails” to determine the treatment options and best practices for managing patients with type B aortic dissection. An important update in the document is the potential for earlier...
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 set for March 31. The honor is exclusively for those who practice in the community setting,...
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 (BTK). This new stent is designed to treat patients suffering from chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI). The Breakthrough...
Failure to stratify gender by race or ethnicity, or vice versa, leads to missed opportunities in the recruitment of underrepresented members from the potential vascular surgery trainee pool. That was one of the examples delivered in a poster presentation at...
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 and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. The FDA has identified the recall as a Class I—the...
Professional athletes and musicians have coaches to help them “up their games.” It follows then that vascular surgeons can benefit from coaching within the specialty. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will hold a webinar on surgical coaching from...
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 consistent revenue generation throughout—as nursing labor costs dramatically escalated, according to a deep financial analysis...
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 2,000 primary care providers (PCPs) in five states, 50% of office-based and 37% of hospital-based...
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 and projects. A host of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members provided matching funds of...
The prespecified interim analysis of the first 62 evaluable pulmonary embolism (PE) patients enrolled in the investigational RESCUE trial produced positive results, Thrombolex has announced. RESCUE is a prospective multicenter, single-arm pivotal trial evaluating patient outcomes after treatment of acute...
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 (VAM) this year. VAM 2022 will be June 15–18 at the Hynes Convention Center in...
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 our new resident/fellow editor. He replaces Laura Marie Drudi, MD, who last year graduated from...
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 us have had the pleasure of covering the New Year’s call shift, and it was...
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) program planners are finalizing the lineup and topics for several types of educational session for the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM). VAM is set for June 15–18 in Boston, with educational programming across all...
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 system will deliver enhanced clinical accuracy and efficiency, according to Philips, and aims to improve...
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 have viewed a surgical career in the Veterans Health Administration as a perfect opportunity to...
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 on topics ranging from venous stenting to abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) sac sealing. Waseem Wahood, MS, a...
Evidence continues to accumulate of a link between endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) and cancer, with even small amounts of radiation potentially converting epithelial cells “to a precancerous or a cancerous state in smokers or ex-smokers,” according to world-renowned vascular...
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 the context of the pandemic—and beyond (p. 1 and 3) Beth Bales speaks to Society...
Cardiovascular Systems (CSI) recently announced that it has made significant progress towards the commercialization of its intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) system for the treatment of calcific peripheral arterial disease (PAD). A company press release notes that feasibility testing of a proprietary...
The European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) has released 2022 clinical practice guidelines on the management of chronic venous disease (CVD) of the lower limb to update its 2015 recommendations. The document, authored by Marianne De Maeseneer, MD, a...
In response to a rapid augmentation of social media use in medicine over the past five years, the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has published a set of recommendations on appropriate practice. The document aims to provide guidance on...
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 (F/BEVAR), Andres Schanzer, MD, professor and chief of vascular surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical...

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 Specialist. Supplemental information and resources have been added to assist physicians in combating science denial...
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 and honors—and two have been extended. “These awards honor both the past and the future,” said...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an updated safety communication on the use of Endologix AFX endovascular grafts. This update includes a summary of information from a November 2021 meeting of the FDA’s Circulatory System Devices...
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) Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM)—with the application period opening toward the end of the month....

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, the Society has announced. The course—which had been set to run Feb. 11–12—will now take place...
This advertorial is sponsored by Tampa General Hospital. Aortic emergencies, if not diagnosed and managed in due time, are, of course, life threatening. Responding to them effectively requires the rapid activation of a complex health ecosystem. Even when these responses...
Abstract submissions for possible presentation at the 2022 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) and the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in Boston are due Jan. 11 and Jan. 12, respectively. Submissions for VRIC, which emphasizes basic and translational vascular science,...
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 system). VIVID enrolled its 160th patient earlier this month, marking completion of enrollment in the trial....
Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) members now have another chance to “Meet the Experts,” via computer screen and at no charge. Three of the “Meet the Experts” webinars held in spring and summer are now available on SVS OnDemand,...
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 column, we are highlighting the Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Society (VESS). Formerly known as the...
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 VTE in patients from birth to less than 18 years after at least five days...
Vascular surgery once again finds itself at a crossroads, Michael Belkin, MD, chief of the division of vascular and endovascular surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, told the Western Vascular Society (WVS) annual meeting (Oct. 16–19) in...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is asking members to consider who among the many excellent vascular surgeons they may know in community practice might be worthy of nomination for the 2022 SVS Excellence in Community Service Award. Applications...
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 aware of its provisions. The No Surprises Act is part of the Consolidation Appropriateness Act...
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 Hospital, Atlanta, since 2012. I am highlighting the innovative work of Dr. Ross, current medical...
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 greater quality-adjusted life years (QALY). The study was published in the December 2021 issue of the...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has released updated clinical practice guidelines for the management of extracranial cerebrovascular disease and popliteal artery aneurysms in a special supplement, “The Care of Patients with Extracranial Cerebrovascular Disease and Popliteal Artery Aneurysms:...
The World Federation of Vascular Societies (WFVS) recently entered a new era of governance with the aim of better disseminating science and best practices for vascular surgeons operating in every corner of the globe. Palma Shaw, MD, the WFVS...
Along with the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) plans to minimize and close some very real gaps in vascular care—treating pediatric patients. The two organizations have formed a joint task force on the...
For Joe Hart, MD, a larger donation to the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation this past year is helping him pay back several of his own scholarships and research opportunities from which he benefited. “I’m someone who’s been...
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, MD, a regular attendee over the last decade—particularly during a session dedicated to issues related...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is calling on vascular surgeons to complete a survey focused on patterns of practice in venous disease. Responses are due by Friday, Dec. 31. The committee seeks respondents...

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, was a big hit,” said Andres Schanzer, MD, chair of the Society for Vascular Surgery...
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 diagnostic tool for the condition in the acute setting. Presenting the findings of a British...
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 for VRIC closes at 6 p.m. Central Time Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. Registration opens Feb....
In this issue: *This issue went to press before Congress moved to address cuts to Medicare due to kick in Jan. 1, 2022. "Countdown to the cuts" (p. 1 and 7) "One simple trick can tone your abs and identify...
Smoking does not seem to affect reocclusion rates, interval to reintervention and the total number of interventions in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients with stents in the femoropopliteal segment, new research showed. These were among the findings delivered by Sascha...
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 trainees to learn both open and endovascular techniques in a talk on how to remain...
“The mantra I always use with fellows is bad vein, bad bypass.” Those were the words of Gregg Landis, MD, system chief of vascular surgery at Northwell Health in New York, as he presented an 18-year experience of polytetrafluoroethylene...
Last night, the Senate passed legislation to halt Medicare physician payment cuts that were scheduled to take effect on January 1. President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law. Highlights of the physician payment provisions include a...
A “paradigm shift” in attending call staffing with a focus on fatigue mitigation can be undertaken in a vascular surgery practice without disruption to clinical productivity, a study presented at the New England Society for Vascular Surgery (NESVS) annual...
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. 16–20, Orlando) by Surendra Shenoy, MD, associate professor of surgery in the Washington University School...
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 increase in the number of donors (28%) as well as the percentage of Society for...
This month, we are focusing on medical student recruitment into vascular surgery. In many medical schools, students do not get any exposure to the field of vascular surgery (or to vascular surgeons) during the preclinical years, and even during...
A large proportion of statistically nonsignificant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) yielded interpretations that were inconsistent with their results, according to an analysis of 31 manuscripts covering research comparing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) to carotid artery stenting (CAS) for carotid stenosis...
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 different facets of PAD treatment. “We are offering the chance for surgeons to be trained...
Former Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) President Julie A. Freischlag recently took over the presidential reins of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Here she talks to Vascular Specialist about her journey as a vascular surgeon and leader both...
I read with both interest and disappointment Dr. Andrew J. Meltzer’s guest editorial regarding medical malpractice published in the October issue of Vascular Specialist. He unfortunately chose the often traveled, but dead-end road of blaming the legal system for...
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 burnout in the vascular workforce, this has led to a public health crisis that requires...
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 basis of the presidential address delivered by Alan Dardik, MD, at the New England Society...
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 artery in the department of vascular surgery at Changhai Hospital in Shanghai, China.   The procedure was...

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 conferences. The volume of elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repairs that medical centers perform directly...
Females were found to be at greater risk of reintervention following elective endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) at both the one- and five-year mark following their initial procedure, researchers in New Jersey discovered. The retrospective...
I have a message for my colleagues on behalf of Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Political Action Committee (PAC), quoting the famous lines from Charles Dickens: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it...
In August, University of Michigan general surgery resident W. James Melvin, MD, picked up the coveted Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Foundation Resident Research Award for work investigating the role of the enzyme SETDB2 in diabetes patients infected with...
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 is a prospective, single-arm trial of 188 patients to evaluate safety and effectiveness of the Torus stent...
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 The recommendation has been graded B, which translates to at least fair evidence to suggest...
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 peripheral intravascular lithotripsy (IVL) system for the treatment of calcified peripheral lesions below the knee (BTK), including...
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 managed through a unique comprehensive care strategy designed by a team with multidisciplinary expertise. The manuscript, “Impact of...
According to researchers from the University of Washington level 1 trauma center, the number of intraoperative vascular surgeon consultations has increased enormously over the past decade. The group conducted a study reported in the November 2021 issue of the Journal...
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, according to a multicenter study. Thrombosis following iliofemoral venous stenting is frustrating to both the patient...
“I think this represents the beginning of the end of an era where we have to use lead to perform these procedures.” Those were the words delivered by Gustavo Oderich, MD, professor and chief of vascular and endovascular surgery...
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 abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) contains positive two-year follow-up data, the leading investigator has revealed. A first...
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 aortic disease at the 2021 VEITHsymposium (Nov. 16–20) in Orlando, Florida. The new modules allow for...
W. Michael Park, MD, was first turned onto the utility and wonder of anatomical sketching during medical school. Back then, he developed an affinity for the visual-learning benefits afforded by his own hand and for how much better it...
In this issue: "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 conferences (p. 1 and 6) Medical editor Malachi Sheahan,...
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 and procedural scenarios. This is according to Prakash Krishnan, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Mount...
November is National Diabetes Month. The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) has many resources to help its members educate their patients and families and reach out to referring podiatrists and other providers. Members can customize many of the resources...
Hispanic adults hospitalized for treatment of symptoms of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) were more likely to access this care by going to the emergency room (ER), and they experienced longer and more expensive hospitalizations than non-Hispanic white patients with...
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 data suggesting it offers an “excellent alternative” to AVF creation via surgical procedures in end-stage...
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 outcomes of peripheral vascular interventions guided by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). The study was conducted independently by...
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 FIT) program. It is for individuals completing their medical residencies or fellowships in any vascular...
Sponsored by Philips: This web-based multidisciplinary course, streaming live from UNC Rex in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Martyn Knowles, MD, George Adams, MD, and Kumar Madassery, MD, is focused on how the effective utilization of interventional techniques—including intravascular ultrasound...
Communication and an awareness of how often vascular surgery fails emerged as key talking points during a Vascular Surgery Interest Group (VSIG) Lunch Symposium panel discussion aimed at providing trainees and medical students with career guidance during the Western...
The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule released Nov. 2 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) doubles down on the 3.75% cut to surgeons and surgical practices that will harm patient access to care, the...
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 Innovation & Technology (iHealthtech), in collaboration with clinical partners from Singapore General Hospital, has developed...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) will hold a Town Hall Nov. 10 to help members understand the upcoming planned federal cuts that would impact vascular surgery overall by more than -11%. Vascular surgeons are facing five different cuts...
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 an applicant to vascular surgery residency programs, this month’s writeup is for you. There is...
The Ontario carotid endarterectomy registry (OCER) model was found to be the most reliable predictor of stroke or death after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) among 17 models assessed. This was the primary finding of a systematic review published in Stroke...
Newly installed American College of Surgeons (ACS) President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, called for her fellow surgeons to apply the principles that underpin enhanced recovery as medicine begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The former Society for Vascular Surgery...
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 at their own leisure. Select recordings of VAM sessions are now available on the SVS...
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. The Foundation Gala is set for Friday, June 17, during the 2022 Vascular Annual Meeting...
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 completed. The surgery was performed by Adriana Laser, MD, associate professor of surgery at Albany...
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 (CLTI). The WIfI classification system was developed to stratify the risk of major amputation at one...
My last editorial, “How to succeed in vascular surgery: A guide for the aspiring outlier,” was more controversial than I expected. I naively believed that a critical expose of vascular surgery’s “1%” would be welcomed by roughly 99% of...
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 designation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patrick Kelly, MD, a Sanford Health vascular surgeon,...
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 (ACS) at the ACS Convocation Sunday, Oct. 24. Freischlag led the SVS from 2013–14, the first...
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 Arizona chief of vascular surgery Wei Zhou, MD, named the new president-elect—during the organization's 2021...
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 (rAAA) repair. Scott S. Berman, MD, a vascular surgeon at Pima Heart & Vascular in Tucson,...
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 Meeting (VAM), and an Eastern Vascular Society (EVS) annual meeting piece reporting on vascular surgery...
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 iliofemoral venous outflow obstruction, attendees at the Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA) 2021 (Oct. 5–7) in Las...
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 particular—by looming cuts to Medicare. Reporting includes the presidential address delivered by Kellie R. Brown,...
The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Medicare Cuts Task Force is continuing its work to stop the proposed cuts in physician reimbursement from going through as planned in 2022. The task force was created to respond to the proposed 2022...
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” chronic classification of the condition following intraoperative imaging and thrombus inspection post-procedure, an interim analysis...
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 both amputation-free survival and wound healing, a press release reports. The late-breaking data were presented...