Endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms with minimalistic approach

Translated title of the contribution: Endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms with minimalistic approach

Paul Gamboa, Carlos M. Fava, Gustavo A. Lev, León R. Valdivieso, Hugo Fraguas, Gaspar M. Caponi, Oscar A. Mendiz

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Background: Aortic aneurysms, particularly of the abdominal aorta, are still common. Since 1990, conventional surgery is no longer the only treatment option due to advances in endovascular devices and techniques. We present our results in the management of aortic aneurysms with a minimally invasive endovascular technique. Objectives: The aim of this study was to analyze the 30-day outcomes of endograft implantation in the thoracic aorta and abdominal aorta using a minimally invasive approach. Methods: Between March 2012 and April 2019, 395 consecutive endografts were implanted in the aorta, and 264 (67%) were perfor-med using a minimally invasive approach (MIN-A). Among this group, 240 (90.9%) corresponded to abdominal endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) and 24 (9.1%) to thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). Results: Technical success (TS) of the implant was achieved in 99.6% of the 264 patients and clinical success (CS) in 97.7%. Thir-ty-day mortality was 1.1% due to pneumonia, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. There were no cases of myocardial infarction, stroke or need for conversion to urgent surgical repair. Mean duration of the procedure was 62 minutes (SD ± 17). Some patients required conversion to surgical closure of the access site [20 (7%) during the first 100 cases and 7 (3%) in the final 164 patients, p = 0.05]. Three (1.1%) patients presented major bleeding requiring transfusion. Mean time to ambulation was 18 hours (SD ± 10) that significantly decreased to 13 hours after the first 100 patients (SD ± 2.9; p= 0.05). Mean length of hospital stay was 1.4 days (SD ± 1.14) with 5 patients discharged on the same day of the procedure. Conclusions: Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair using a minimally invasive strategy was feasible and safe, turning this procedure into a percutaneous approach, with low access site-related complications, shorter operative time, rapid ambulation and shorter length of hospital stay, without modifying overall safety of the procedure. The learning curve resulted in reduced rate of conversion to surgery and earlier ambulation.

Translated title of the contributionEndovascular treatment of aortic aneurysms with minimalistic approach
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)420-424
Number of pages5
JournalRevista Argentina de Cardiologia
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Aneurysm, Abdominal
  • Blood Vessel Prosthesis Implantation
  • Conscious Sedation
  • Endovascular Procedures/Methods
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures


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