Tilo Kölbel (vascular surgeon from Hamburg, Germany, and a member of the Executive Board for the Aortic Programme) makes the case for moving images that will “easily transport” vascular surgeons and interventionalists. He also has his eye on the debates peppering the programme to turn up the heat in this controversies year.

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Kölbel notes that in open and endovascular surgery, “We work with moving materials, every day in the operating room; that’s easiest to understand for us, especially in times when endovascular techniques become more important. The way surgeons think is more in terms of images and less in terms of numbers and graphics, and that is why edited cases are so important.”

He adds: “I am excited to invite you to come to Charing Cross and join the Aortic Programme as we have really outstanding topics this year.  On Tuesday (23rd April) we have the Techniques and Technologies day where we will discuss specific techniques in aortic endovascular and open repair. One of the most exciting topics will be an edited case presented by Gustavo Oderich from Houston, USA, about transcatheter septotomy in chronic aortic dissection.”

The main programme days, Wednesday (24th April) and Thursday (25th April), “will feature exciting debates with fantastic speakers. We will discuss, for instance, the use of balloon-expandable or self-expandable bridging stents in branched endovascular repair and the prophylactic use of spinal drainage to prevent spinal cord ischaemia in complex aortic repair.

“There are basically two different schools in vascular surgery. One favours using balloon-expandable stents, which may be less flexible and the other, self- expandable stents, which are more difficult to use because they need more profile. For the one or the other, we want to hear in this debate,” he says.

Running over the full three days of the symposium, the comprehensive Aortic Controversies Programme at CX 2024 opens with Aortic Techniques and Technologies on day one, followed by a full day focused on Aortic Arch and Thoracic Aortic Controversies, and finishing with sessions covering Juxtarenal and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm controversies, alongside Advanced Imaging and Radiation Reduction on the final day.

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