Specialist EVAR (CME) – online course
Authors: R. Uberoi and R. Patel
Reviewers: T. Rand, D. Vorwerk, M. Hamady, H. Kobeiter and C. Nice
This course caters to specialist learners with advanced knowledge in IR.
This module is intended for experienced professionals who wish to further their understanding and knowledge of the endovascular treatment of complex abdominal aortic aneurysms using advanced endovascular technologies and techniques as well as their knowledge of EVAR associated complications and how these are managed.
Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) has become an established technique in the management of patients with simple abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA’s). Of course, complications can always occur and it is important that those undertaking these procedures are familiar with the common management techniques in dealing with these complications both acutely and in the long term. With increasing confidence and experience, many operators choose to expand the use of standard devices, using them outside of the standard indications for use (IFU) in more complex situations. Although usually initially successful, this has the potential to increase the numbers of patients experiencing complications with reduced durability of the EVAR. It should always be remembered that open surgery remains a good and more durable option for many patients and should be considered, particularly in younger patients with good life expectancy and challenging aortic anatomy. With the continued evolution of technologies and techniques in EVAR, it is now possible to treat an ever-greater number of AAA’s endovascularly, and although some off-the-shelf devices are available, most patients with challenging AAA anatomy require detailed planning to allow customisation of the device to the patient and also require a team approach. The decisions regarding whether or not to treat and the most appropriate technique for treating the patient should be made within the context of a multi-disciplinary team approach as well as in consultation with the patient. Before embarking on treating complex aortic disease, operators and hospital centres should be experienced in dealing with the simpler infra-renal AAA’s with a wider team approach to achieve the best outcomes.
- To learn about the role of EVAR in complex AAA.
- To learn about the major complications of standard and complex EVAR
- To learn how to manage immediate and long-term complications of EVAR
This course is designed for specialists, who have extensive medical experience, having seen at least 200 patients in clinic and completed at least 250 advanced IR procedures in addition to the 150 basic procedures.
The format of the course is interactive and easy to use, including texts, graphics, videos and a quiz to support your learning. The course duration is around two hours and is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to award 2 European CME credits (ECMEC). The CME accreditation for this course will expire on January 10, 2024. A non-CME accredited version of the course will remain available for two more years.
Access to complete and revisit the course is granted for an enrolment period of 90 days.
The CME certificate will be available in the myCIRSE area past the enrolment period if the course is completed before January 10, 2024.
Release date: January 2022