TEVAR performed outside the IFU has “dramatically worse outcomes”

Dittmar Böckler (Heidelberg, Germany) tells CX Live that treating patients with thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) outside the instructions for use (IFU) has a dramatic effect on patient outcomes after the procedure. “We observed a significant increase in mortality […] an increased reintervention rate and four times higher endoleak rate,” he said, noting that he would recommend young residents stay within the IFU, at least in elective cases to optimise results and long-term outcomes.

Böckler, Dittmar

Professor Dittmar Böckler, MD PhD, is medical director of the Clinic for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. He is a member of many professional societies, including the European Society for Vascular Surgery (ESVS) and the International Society for Endovascular Specialists (ISES). Professor Böckler is also an editorial board member of the journals Vascular Surgery, The Surgeon, Zentralblatt for Surgery, Langen Beck's Archives of Surgery, and the Journal of Endovascular Therapy, and has more than 200 publications to his name

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