ESVS Academy & Workshops

The ESVS Academy was first inaugured at the 2017 ESVS Annual Meeting in Lyon and comprises of a wide range of short workshops and seminars, led by world-renowned experts on a specific technique of vascular surgery. The Academy strives to provide high-level education and training, carefully designed for each professional of vascular surgery or related fields. A specific focus is put on hands-on practice of various techniques, under close supervision of experienced faculty.

ENDOVASCULAR WORKSHOPS

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:00
Lead Convenors: James McCaslin (UK), Craig Nesbitt (UK)
Co-Convenors: Simon Neequaye (UK), Nicla Settembre (France), Jorge Cuenca (Spain), Fernando Gallardo (Spain), Marc Sirvent (UK), Gaspar Mestres (Spain)

Trainees are often daunted by the wide array of unfamiliar kit required during basic EVAR procedures. This joint UKETS/ESVS workshop aims to introduce candidates to the basic endovascular toolkit (incl. wires, catheters, balloons, stents…) required and familiarize them in a friendly, hands-on environment, with the opportunity to ask any question to the expert faculty.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Lead Convenor: Kevin Mani (Sweden)
Co-Convenor: Igor Koncar (Serbia), Simon Neequaye (UK), Maarten Truijers (Netherlands), Adrien Hertault (France), Katia Vogt (Denmark)

This workshop will focus on a structured approach to evaluate the CTA of a patient with an infrarenal AAA. The importance of planning for a durable repair will be emphasized. All participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice measurement, sizing and planning of an EVAR procedure using dedicated 3D workstations under supervision.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Lead Convenor: Frederico Bastos Gonçalves, Portugal
Co-convenors: Zoran Rancic (Switzerland)

This advanced workshop will focus on the management of challenging necks during EVAR. It will discuss the indications of CH-EVAR and endoanchors in primary interventions. This will largely be based on interactive case discussions immediately followed by a carrousel of hands-on training focusing on the toolkit needed, how to use the endoanchors and procedural steps of CH-EVAR.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Lead Convenor: Arjan Hoksbergen (Netherlands)
Co-convenor(s): Maarten Truijers (Netherlands), Katia Vogt (Denmark)

This workshop is a practical hands-on workshop that will allow the participants to select the appropriate anatomy for EVAR, to learn the various steps of EVAR after thorough planning, be able to deploy the abdominal stent-grafts and have a back-up plan should challenges arise.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Lead convenors: James McCaslin (UK), Craig Nesbitt (UK)
Co-convenors: Blandine Maurel (France), Nicla Settembre(France), Jorge Cuenca (Spain), Mauro Gargiulo (Italy), Gaspar Mestres (spain), Marc Sirvent (UK), Francisco Gomez (Spain)

Trainees are often overwhelmed by the wide array of endovascular kit and how to use these safely to cannulate vessels. This joint UKETS/ESVS workshop aims to introduce candidates how to select wires and catheters to cannulate a predefined vessel safely by hands-on training using simulated models.

Date: Wednesday, 28 September
Time: 16:30 – 18:30
Lead Convenor: Nuno Dias (Sweden)
Co-convenors: Enrico Cieri (Italy), Sebastian Fernandez Alonso (Spain)

This workshop is a practical hands-on workshop that will give the participants an overview how to deal with the hypogastric artery during EVAR procedures to achieve a stable distal landing zone. During the workshop the participant will learn about case selection in iliac artery aneurysm and be able to get hands-on experience.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Lead convenors: James McCaslin (UK), Craig Nesbitt (UK)
Co-convenors: Blandine Maurel (France), Maurio Gargiulo (Italy), Jorge Cuenca (Spain), Gaspar Mestres (Spain), Marc Sirvent (UK), Francisco Gomez (Spain)

Trainees are often daunted by the wide array of unfamiliar kit required to perform endovascular procedures. This joint UKETS/ESVS workshop aims to introduce candidates to the basic endovascular toolkit (incl. wires, catheters, balloons, stents…) required for peripheral intervention and familiarise them in a friendly, hands-on environment, with the opportunity to ask any question about endovascular tools to the expert faculty.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Lead Convenor: Fernando Gallardo (Spain)
Co-convenors: Simon Neequaye (UK), Javier Pena (Spain)

Closure devices to manage successfully percutaneous approaches from 6F to 24F. Mixture of case discussions and hands-on training.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:30
Lead convenor: Arjan Hoksbergen (Netherlands)
Co-convenor(s): Maarten Truijers (Netherlands)

This workshop is a practical hands-on workshop that will allow the participants to select the appropriate anatomy in thoracic aneurysms for TEVAR, to learn the various steps of TEVAR after thorough sizing and planning, be able to deploy the thoracic stent-graft and have a back-up plan should challenges arise.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:30
Lead convenors: James McCaslin (UK), Craig Nesbitt (UK)
Co-convenors: Blandine Maurel (France), Nicla Settembre(France), Jorge Cuenca (Spain), Mauro Gargiulo (Italy), Gaspar Mestres (spain), Marc Sirvent (UK), Francisco Gomez (Spain)

Trainees are often overwhelmed by the wide array of endovascular kit and how to use these safely to cannulate vessels. This joint UKETS/ESVS workshop aims to introduce candidates how to select wires and catheters to cannulate a predefined vessel safely by hands-on training using simulated models.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Lead convenor: Tara Mastracci (UK)
Co-convenors: Blandine Maurel (France)

This workshop will allow the participants to learn more about case selection for FEVAR, to be familiarized with the FEVAR basic toolkit, learn the various steps of FEVAR after a thorough planning process, be able to deploy the fenestrated stent-graft and have a back-up plan should challenges arise.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Lead Convenor: Chris Twine (UK)
Co-convenors: Alex Horsch (UK), Hany Zayed (UK)

During this 2-hour interactive workshop (WS) the convenor will, supported by case examples, explain and discuss interventional treatment strategies for femoropopliteal arterial lesion based on current clinical evidence. During the WS a stepwise structured approach for lesion preparation and treatment (when to leave or leave no permanent metallic implant behind) will be explained and discussed based on angiographic examples. At the end of the WS, participants will be able to experience different interventional products discussed using a vascular flow model.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Lead convenor: Bijan Modarai (UK)

This interactive roundtable is a workshop that focusses on dealing with challenging anatomy, troubleshooting during initial EVAR procedure or in solving long-term complications post-EVAR.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Lead Convenor: Zoran Rancic (Switzerland)
Co-convenors: Frederico Bastos Gonçalves (Portugal), Christos Karkos (Greece), Fernando Gallardo (Spain), Igor Koncar (Serbia)

During this 2-hour more advanced sizing workshop, the convenors will, based on case examples, share a protocol how to evaluate and interpret CTA of the aorta in urgent situations, interactive cases will be discussed including tips and tricks how to size and measure in case of suboptimal CTA in urgent situations such as RAAA, BAI, dissection and IMH. Hands-on opportunities and interactive case discussion are the major components of this workshop.

Date: Thursday, 27 May
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Lead Convenor: Germano Melissano (Italy)

Basic workshop to explain the management of acute type B aortic dissections including diagnosis, best medical treatment, indication for invasive treatment and discuss various treatment modalities including need for additional stenting of side branches (referencing ESVS guidelines). This workshop will be largely based on interactive case discussions.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 16:30 – 18:30
Lead convenor: Robert Morgan (UK)
Co-convenors: Enrico Cieri (Italy), Nuno Dias (Sweden), Fabrizio Fanelli (Italy), Francisco Gomez (Spain), Elena Iborra (Spain)

During this 2-hour interactive workshop (WS) the convenor will, based on case examples, explain how to diagnose an endoleak (EL) after EVAR using various imaging technologies such as DUS, CTA and/or MRA. After EL diagnosis, indication for interventional treatment with the optimal access route will be described. Based on case examples, the different embolic agents will be explained (this will include but is not limited to: Liquid embolic’s [EVOH co-polymer], Detachable coils and Microvascular Plug). At the end of the WS, participants will be able to experience the different behaviours of the individual embolic agents discussed during the WS using a vascular flow model.

VENOUS WORKSHOPS

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Lead Convenors: Tomasz Pelak (Poland)
Co-convenors: Michał Goran Stanisic (Poland), Paweł Świercz (Poland)

The workshop is designed to discuss options of endovenous treatment of superficial veins insufficiency upon presented cases with a special interest aiming to endovenous laser. In small groups of participants, interesting cases will be discussed. A lecture showing an importance of US anatomy and laser device features will start the workshop and final remarks pointing out important aspects and principles of this endovascular method will close the meeting.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Lead Convenor: Michał Goran Stanisic (Poland)
Co-convenors: Tomasz Pelak (Poland), Adam Zielinski (Poland), Paweł Świercz (Poland)

The workshop is designed to discuss the modalities of treatment of all stages of venous disorders upon presented cases.  A special role of MOCA and sclerotherapy will be highlighted in early stages of disease and in aesthetic phlebology (reticular veins, spider veins). The participants will be able to prepare all the equipment to use and also make injections. Some crucial tips and tricks and economic principles of the treatment will be presented.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:30
Lead convenor: Lotte Klitfod, Denmark

Hands-on workshop for endovenous treatment of varicose veins using ultrasound, radiofrequency- and glue-ablation. Short lectures at the beginning and the end of the course will point out important aspects and principles as well as tips and tricks for those treatment options.

OPEN PROCEDURES WORKSHOPS

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Lead convenor: Chris Darby, UK & Ashok Handa (UK)

Hands-on workshop to demonstrate surgical techniques for basic abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Participants will practice techniques on models and will be taught tips and tricks.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 14:00 – 16:00

The aim of this hands-on workshop is to demonstrate surgical techniques for open aortic repair. During the course experienced surgeons will demonstrate surgical techniques for abdominal aortic repair, and also bail-out strategies in case of difficult anastomosis. Participants will have time to practice suture techniques on models and will be supervised by experienced surgeons and will be able to ask questions. Juxta- and intrarenal aortic repair, including renal artery anastomosis, stabilization of sutures in patients with weak aortic tissue or dissection and difficult iliac anastomosis will be demonstrated and practiced.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:30
Lead Convenor: Carl Wahlgren, Sweden; Rebecka Hultgren, Sweden and Joy Roy (Sweden)

More vascular surgeons are involved in vascular trauma management and the need for improving open vascular surgical trauma techniques has been increasingly recognized in recent years. This workshop provides excellent hands on experience to perform open vascular trauma techniques.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
Lead Convener: Carl Wahlgren, Sweden; Zoran Rancic (Switzerland)

The need for improving endovascular surgical trauma techniques has been increasingly recognized in recent years. This workshop provides excellent hands on experience to perform endovascular trauma techniques. The workshop will cover:

  • Imaging to diagnose vascular trauma
  • Endovascular treatment of bleeding and vascular injury
  • REBOA indication, principles and technique
  • Importance of TEAM during trauma management

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 14:00 – 16:00
Lead convenor: Anders Alback, Finland
Co-convenors: Pirkka Vikatmaa, Finland & Matti Pokela, Finland

Hands-on workshop to demonstrate surgical techniques for lower extremity bypass. Participants will practice techniques on models and will be taught tips and tricks.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Lead Convenor: Ed Sideso, UK
Co-convenor: Ashok Handa, UK

Hands-on workshop to demonstrate surgical techniques for carotid surgery. During the course techniques for carotid surgery will be demonstrated and also bail-out strategies.  Participants will practice techniques on models and will be taught tips and tricks.

IMAGING IN VASCULAR DISEASE WORKSHOPS

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:00
Lead Convenor: Xavier Marti (Spain)
Co-convenor: Ramon Vila (Spain)

Non-invasive  study of arteries of lower limbs can be used as the sole examination to plan surgical revascularization in patients with CLI. By attending this workshop, participants will practice hands-on on healthy models to learn on the US anatomy of lower limbs arterial tree.  

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:00
Lead convenor: Pirkka Vikatmaa, Finland

During this hands-on workshop the participants will learn to use advanced noninvasive vascular tests required for a reliable diagnosis of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).  The participants will have the possibility to get hands-on experience with a wide range of noninvasive methods like:

  • toe pressure
  • transcutaneous oxygen measurements (tcpO2)
  • determination of correct amputation level
  • tissue response to local heating
  • Pulse Volume Recording (PVR)

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Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Lead Convenor: Ramon Vila (Spain)
Co-convenors: Xavier Marti (Spain), Ana Arribas (Spain), Manel Arrebola (Spain)

Ultrasound is extremely helpful to gain access to veins and arteries. It is almost mandatory to assure a safe use of closure devices. After the course, participants will be able to start using ultrasound to perform puncture of veins and arteries safely.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 08:30 – 10:00
Lead Convenor: Jorge Cuenca (Spain)
Co-convenors: Damian Herrera Mingorance (Spain), Richard Pole (UK), Linda Lyttkens (Sweden)
Invited Lecturer: Anders Wanhainen (Sweden)

Ultrasound AAA screening program is cost effective to prevent AAA related death. The course will present the technique for an accurate measurement of aortic diameter, as well as the differences between aortic examination (to verify a pathology) and screening (to exclude an AAA).

Participants will:

  • Learn how to optimise a screening program
  • Learn about the different ways to measure aortic diameter
  • Tips & tricks to measure the aorta  in difficult anatomies
  • Practice aortic measurements in healthy models

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Lead Convenor: Richard Pole (UK)
Co-convenors: Ana Arribas (Spain), Xavier Marti (Spain), Elena Iborra (Spain)
Invited Lecturer: Henrik Sillesen (Denmark)

Carotid duplex is the most standardized examination of vascular ultrasound and a good starting point for those interested in the use of this useful tool to diagnose vascular disease. After the workshop, participants will have a clear idea of how is performed and what should do to start training.

ACADEMIC WORKSHOPS

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 08:30 – 16:30
Lead conveners: Jonathan Beard, United Kingdom; Mette Kehlet, Denmark

This worshop is aimed at vascular surgical trainees who intend to take the FEBVS Assessment within the next year. The interactive format and the small group size ensures one-to-one involvement of every participant. There is a high faculty to participant ratio and the faculty are all experienced senior vascular surgeons.
The workshop has a very high success rate. Over 90% of participants go on to pass the FEBVS Assessment. The course is limited to 20 applicants and is very popular. Therefore early registration is advised to avoid disappointment.
The whole day workshop covers the academic and clinical skills required to pass the FEBVS Assessment. The day begins with an overview of the clinical and academic skills stations used in the Assessment, followed by tips on how to pass the academic station and deal with statistics. Participants then rotate in small groups around the academic and four clinical stations. The clinical stations cover leg artery disease and trauma, aortic and mesenteric disease, carotid and upper limb disease, and venous/lymphatic disease. At each clinical station, every participant will be assessed on a typical scenario used in the FEBVS Assessment and feedback given on their performance. At the academic station each participant is required to present a critique of a paper that they have been given to review.
During the day, there is an overview of the open and endovascular skills simulations used in the Assessment. Participants who feel they need additional practise on these skills should sign up for the technical skills course that runs the day before the revision course.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 10:30 – 12:30
Location:
Sercotel Hotel (next to Palau de Congressos)

Presenting your research at a conference is desirable, but how do you get your message spread out to the audience? Which tricks can you use and are there any pitfalls to avoid? This workshop is intended to provide tips and tricks for a good presentation. We will first discuss stylistic tools, then you will have the possibility to have hands on training in a small group and at the end present in front of the workshop participants. The workshop will end with a feedback round from your peers.

Date: Thursday, 26 September 2018
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Location: Sercotel Hotel (next to Palau de Congressos)

This free workshop will be held in the conference hotel. Meet your “date” and ask important questions concerning your further career steps and plans. Team up with one of your peers to meet your date during 7 minutes.

Walking from table to table you will have the possibility of private and confidential talks. Meet different and handpicked colleagues with interesting career choices that share tips and tricks to be or become a successful vascular surgeon no matter what pathway you will choose or might have chosen.

The ESVS Polyvascular Patient Educational Program

Vascular surgeons play a central role in managing the cardiovascular patient, suffering from atherosclerotic and thrombotic manifestations in multiple vascular beds – the poly-vascular patient. The ESVS poly-vascular educational program intends to strengthen the vascular surgeon maneuverability in this field of “vascular medicine” through a series of interactive workshops introducing a short, comprehensive state of the art overview on the specific topic, followed by case-based, intense roundtable discussions in small groups.

Each workshop will be led by experts with the aim to strengthen the vascular surgeons understanding, expertise and treatment of this complex patient group. There will be plenty of opportunities to increase practical knowledge, ask questions, lurking expert tips and tricks and avoid common pitfalls.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Lecturer: Sebastian Debus, Germany

Focus on the risk of thrombotic events, which may lead to disability, loss of limb and loss of life. Current treatment guidelines recommend antiplatelet therapies such as aspirin alone and/or warfarin, but recent evidence suggests,  NOAKs play an important additional role. This workshop will focus on how to handle your patients after arterial revascularisation – both open and endovascular treated patients.

Date: Wednesday, 26 September
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Lecturer: Gert-Jan de Borst, Netherlands

Focus on patients suffering stroke and transient ischaemic attacks and the risk of recurrent stroke incidents. Secondary prevention is warranted based on the underlying cardiovascular cause and newest evidence (COMPASS). Nevertheless, recurrent strokes continue to figure in the statistics, which may represent unsuccessful secondary prevention. This workshop will focus on how to give your stroke patients the best possible medical treatment (antiplatelet, anticoagulation, statins, antihypertensive etc.) in order to protect them from new strokes but also reduce heart attacks and increase overall survival balanced against bleeding events.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 09:00 – 10:30
Lecturer: Vincent Jongkind, Netherlands

Clinicians are confronted with managing patients on novel agents in the critical setting before, during, and after surgery, where the risks of bleeding and thrombosis are increased simultaneously. In workshop 3, Elective and Acute Surgery on the anticoagulated patient, the focus will be on the repertoire of oral anticoagulation – from vitamin K1 antagonists to an increasing number of NOAK’S – and on how to deal with the anticoagulated patient before, under and after vascular surgery – covering both open and endovascular procedures.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Lecturer: Henrik Sillesen, Denmark

After decades of progress in understanding cardiovascular disease and improved cardiovascular prevention, adaptation of actual knowledge within the management of the poly-vascular patient remains a significant issue to optimize health care. Observational studies have identified major risk factors and lead to the development of a number of risk assessment systems now in use. However a significant numbers of recurrent cardiovascular events continue to occur even after aggressive secondary prevention and not all vascular patients receive best medical treatment. Further, prevention may rely on improved patient-centered risk stratification using biomarkers and imaging techniques. Workshop no 4, Cardiovascular disease risk assessment and prevention will focus on how to assess your individual patient risk and develop patient-tailored therapy strategies.

Date: Thursday, 27 September
Time: 14:00 – 15:30
Lecturer: Nikolaj Eldrup, Denmark

Get into depth knowledge on the prevention and treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in adults. Workshop no 5, Venous thromboembolism will focus on the current evidence in VTE treatment strategies and cover the benefits, complications as well as strategy in anti-coagulating treatment of the VTE patient. Before initiating treatment with anticoagulants, physicians should carefully assess the benefit and risk for the individual patient.