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Aortic dissection is the most common acute catastrophic event affecting the thoracic aorta. The majority of patients presenting with an uncomplicated type B dissection are treated medically, but 25% of these patients develop subsequent aneurysmal dilatation of the thoracic aorta. This study aimed at gaining more detailed knowledge of the flow phenomena(More)
OBJECTIVE Type B aortic dissection can be acutely complicated by rapid expansion, rupture, and malperfusion syndromes. Short-term adverse outcomes are associated with failure of the false lumen to thrombose. The reasons behind false lumen patency are poorly understood, and the objective of this pilot study was to use computational fluid dynamics(More)
BACKGROUND Segmental arterial mediolysis (SAM) is a nonatherosclerotic, noninflammatory arteriopathy of unknown etiology with life-threatening manifestations. With advances in endovascular techniques, SAM is increasingly being managed without the need for major surgery. METHODS A systematic review of the literature published on SAM between 1976 and 2012(More)
PURPOSE To report the initial clinical use of a robotically steerable catheter during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) in order to assess this novel and innovative approach in a clinical setting. TECHNIQUE Following a series of in-vitro studies and procedure rehearsals using a pulsatile silicon aneurysm model, a 78-year-old man underwent robot-assisted(More)
OBJECTIVE Conventional catheter instability and embolization risk limits the adoption of endovascular therapy in patients with challenging arch anatomy. This study investigated whether arch vessel cannulation can be enhanced by a remotely steerable robotic catheter system. METHODS Seventeen clinicians with varying endovascular experience cannulated all(More)
INTRODUCTION Splanchnic and renal artery aneurysms (SRAAs) are uncommon but potentially life-threatening in case of rupture. Whether these aneurysms are best treated by open repair or endovascular intervention is unknown. The aim of this retrospective study is to report the results of open and endovascular repairs in two European institutions over a(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical technology has led to significant improvements in patient outcomes. However, failures in equipment and technology are implicated in surgical errors and adverse events. We aim to determine the proportion and characteristics of equipment-related error in the operating room (OR) to further improve quality of care. METHODS A systematic(More)
Paraplegia affects up to 22% of patients undergoing thoarcoabdominal aneurysm surgery, producing long-term morbidity and a significant burden to healthcare. This article discusses the mechanisms that may lead to paraplegia during open and endovascular repair from an anatomical and physiological perspective. There are many adjuncts that must be considered to(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe our experience of treating juxtarenal (JRAAA's <4mm neck) and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAA's) using fenestrated and branched stent graft technology. DESIGN Prospective single centre experience. METHODS Since 2005, 29 fenestrated/branched procedures have been performed. 15 patients are studied with JRAAAs (n=7; median(More)
BACKGROUND Emerging robotic technologies are increasingly being used by surgical disciplines to facilitate and improve performance of minimally invasive surgery. Robot-assisted intervention has recently been introduced into the field of vascular surgery to potentially enhance laparoscopic vascular and endovascular capabilities. The objective of this study(More)