Endovascular Approaches in Aortic Surgery

Filmed at the 2017 Aortic Live meeting in Essen, Germany, Mohamad Bashir of Barts Heart Centre in London, UK, moderates a discussion on treatments for aortic pathologies with Joseph Bavaria of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, USA, Heinz Jakob of the University of Essen in Germany, Tilo Kolbel of the University of Hamburg in Germany, Gebrine El Khoury of St-Luc Hospital in Brussels, Belgium, and Stephan Haulon of the Université Paris-Sud in Orsay, France.

The variable nature of histologic, anatomic, and clinical presentations of aortic disease necessitate a careful consideration of available treatment options for this entity. Endovascular approaches have become the first-line therapy for descending thoracic aneurysms, with advancements in graft technology. The panelists discuss current and future applications of endovascular approaches to aortic disease, the decision between open and endovascular surgery, and the appropriate course of care for patients with Marfan syndrome.