IVL has “changed the dynamics” of facilitating EVAR & TEVAR in calcified iliac arteries

Frank Arko (Charlotte, USA) talks to VEITHtv at the VEITHsymposium 2019 (19–23 November, New York, USA), about the benefits of using Shockwave Intravascular Lithotripsy (IVL) when performing EVAR and TEVAR through calcified iliac arteries.

Arko, who shares some of the downsides of traditional procedures to deliver endografts in the presence of heavy calcification, underlines that Shockwave IVL technology has been a “game-changer”. The use of IVL, he points out, can help to avoid other costly, complicated or risky adjunctive procedures, keeping EVAR and TEVAR minimally invasive just as if a patient had non-calcified anatomy —and it enjoys “fantastic” results, he notes.

This video is sponsored by Shockwave Medical.

Arko, Frank

Frank Arko, MD is currently Director, Endovascular Surgery and Co-director of the Aortic Institute at Carolinas Medical Center, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in Charlotte, NC. He received his B.S. from Texas A&M University graduating Summa Cum Laude and his M.D. with honors in 1994 from Texas A&M University. He completed his internship and his residency at Scott & White Hospital, Texas A&M University Health Science Center in 1999. Dr. Arko completed his Clinical Vascular Fellowship in 2000 and his Endovascular Fellowship in 2001 from Stanford University Hospital, CA. He completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship from Stanford University Hospital in 2001. He is a member of numerous surgical societies including: The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Homeostasis, Society for Vascular Surgery, International Society of Endovascular Specialists, Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society and American College of Surgeons.

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