Fellows, physicians, and industry leaders gathered in Las Vegas for Vascular Interventional Advances (VIVA), the annual global education course for vascular medicine and intervention. The conference featured roundtable discussions; virtual VIVA, which offers live and on-demand streaming to all attendees; live case demonstrations; hands-on workshops; and late-breaking clinical trials.
Cook has launched its Limb Preservation Solutions program to emphasize its focus on saving limbs. Cook had formerly called its program BTK (Below the Knee) or CLI (Critical Limb Ischemia). “We wanted to more accurately reflect our focus and our customers’ focus on limb preservation. Because our products help achieve minimally invasive solutions using wires, catheters, and stents, the Limb Preservation Solutions name more accurately describes our goals for patient care,” said Chris Mobley, global product manager, PAD.
At the podium
During the late-breaking clinical trials portion of the conference, Dr. Michael Dake presented compelling insights on the Japan post-market surveillance study, exploring important discoveries about the particular needs of Japanese patients and physicians. “Japanese patients typically like to avoid surgery, so Cook’s minimally invasive approach is especially appropriate for this market,” said Chris.
Cook activities at VIVA
On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Cook hosted “Reinventing the SFA therapy wheel,” a symposium on SFA therapies. Dr. Mark Burket revisited cost-effective strategies for treating the SFA. According to Jason, global marketing manager for PAD therapies, “The SFA symposium was excellent this year. Dr. Aloke Finn shared the first head-to-head pathology study of DES and DCB. This study was designed to analyze differences in how paclitaxel is absorbed and what impact delivery method (i.e., DES vs. DCB vs. combined effect) has on target and downstream vessel beds. Dr. Burket gave one of his best talks yet on the economics of the SFA. Also, Dr. John Kaufman touched on the inappropriateness of comparing trials that have different patient and lesion characteristics, as well as different trial designs.”
On Thursday, Sept. 14 Cook hosted a symposium entitled “Limb preservation: A focus on diabetic foot,” featuring Dr. John Rundback, Dr. George Adams, and Dr. Peter Schneider. “Dr. Rundback discussed the cost of amputation to Medicare, to the hospital, and to the patient,” said Chris, who organized the symposium. “That’s why limb preservation is our focus at Cook. Dr. Adams discussed when an endovascular-first approach might be the best option for a diabetic foot patient, while Dr. Peter Schneider provided context on when a surgical-first approach might be necessary. If a physician has, or plans to have a focused limb preservation program, having both surgical and endovascular skills available is critical to the success of their program.”
If a physician has, or plans to have a focused limb preservation program, having both surgical and endovascular skills available is critical to the success of their program.
“EndoWars” tests endovascular skills
Once again, Cook hosted the highly competitive and popular EndoWars challenge. EndoWars is an educational opportunity for fellows and residents to practice endovascular procedures and refine their skills. The simulator competition tests participants’ abilities to successfully place a stent in the superficial femoral artery (SFA) in the shortest amount of time. Congratulations to Dr. Christine Ou, Eastern Virginia Medical School, who logged the fastest overall time.
Vista® Education and Training Program
Cook hosted its first annual multidisciplinary workshop for integrated residents and fellows. The course covered ultrasound-guided access and product introduction, stent placement and coil embolization, and EVAR and TEVAR. It took place at the Medical Innovations and Training Institute (MITI) in Henderson, Nevada. “The workshop was a huge success,” said Saumya Premachandra, manager of the Vista Residents and Fellows Program. “We plan to do this again, because the feedback we received was so positive.”
Cook luncheon features discussion of complex aortic repair
Cook hosted a luncheon just prior to VIVA’s “Aortic Armageddon,” a full day of interactive discussion with experts on aortic essentials. The luncheon, entitled “What turf battle? Multi-disciplinary perspectives on aortic repair,” featured Dr. Cherrie Abraham, a vascular surgeon, Dr. William Gray, an interventional cardiologist, and Dr. Mark Mewissen, an interventional radiologist.
“This lunchtime program looked at how doctors in the different specialties have incorporated complex aortic repair into their practices. While vascular surgeons do the most aortic repair in the U.S., other types of interventional doctors can do these procedures successfully,” said Ray Leonard, corporate development manager. “In his talk, Dr. Abraham addressed how the three specialties (surgeons, cardiologists, and radiologists) each bring their unique skill sets to aortic procedures that are especially useful for the patient.”
The Cook booth
The VIVA conference provided many opportunities to have meaningful conversations with leaders in the field. We appreciate everyone who stopped by the booth, attended a symposium, competed in EndoWars, or took a Vista course.
See you next year!