Impact of endoluminal stenting for aortic surgery

von Segesser, Ludwig K. ; Marty, Bettina ; Tozzi, Piergiorgio ; Ruchat, Patrick

In: European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, 2004, vol. 26, no. Supplement_1, p. S14-S18

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    The advent of stents has profoundly changed percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), peripheral transluminal artery angioplasty (PTA), and treatment strategies of numerous other problems. Similar developments can be observed for stent applications in peripheral vascular lesions, cerebro-vascular disease, and many other fields. With the advent of covered stent-grafts, aneurysm surgery, has been put up for competitive treatment approaches. Such new approaches are perceived as less invasive, and draw significant attention. Endovsacular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is here to stay. In addition new developments are coming in many ways and stent derived devices can by now be found everywhere in the cardio-vascular system. This includes stenosed vessels, aneurysmal vessels, diseased valves, all sorts of congenital heart defects, and even cardiopulmonary bypass. The key technologies and know-how for EVAR are available or can be made available in most cardio-vascular surgical units. Special interest in this field (clinical and/or experimental) can enhance recruitment of patients. The opposite is also true