Aims: It has become apparent that, in comparison to metallic stents, bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) require specific implantation techniques. The aim of this study was to investigate outcomes following BVS implantation using a dedicated strategy for optimal deployment. Methods and results: Four hundred consecutive lesions (264 patients) treated with the Absorb BVS were analysed. All procedures were performed based on the following principles: 1) aggressive lesion preparation; 2) high-pressure post-dilation; and 3) a low threshold for intravascular imaging. The majority of target lesions (74.8%) were type B2 or C lesions. Predilation (97.3%) and post-dilation (99.8%) were performed in almost all cases. The mean post-dilation pressure was 21±5 atm, and the total scaffold length per patient was 53.2±32.5 mm. Intravascular imaging was performed in the majority of cases (85.8%) and, when utilised after post-dilatation, a further intervention was required in 24.5% of lesions. The cumulative target lesion failure rates were 7.9% at one year and 11.6% at two years. Definite/probable scaffold thrombosis occurred in three patients (1.2% at one and two years). Conclusions: Clinical outcomes following implantation of current-generation BVS, in a real-world population with a high prevalence of complex lesions, were acceptable when utilising our optimised implantation strategy. © Europa Digital & Publishing 2017. All rights reserved.
Tanaka, A., Latib, A., Kawamoto, H., Jabbour, RJ., Sato, K., Miyazaki, T., Naganuma, T., Mangieri, A., Pagnesi, M., Montalto, C., Chieffo, A., Carlino, M., Montorfano, M., & Colombo, A. (2017). Clinical outcomes of a real-world cohort following bioresorbable vascular scaffold implantation utilising an optimised implantation strategy. EuroIntervention, 12(14), 1730-1737. https://doi.org/10.4244/EIJ-D-16-00247