Enhanced outcomes found for Medtronic Heli-FX EndoAnchor patients with complex aortic abdominal aneurysm anatomy

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Medtronic's Heli-FX EndoAnchor system
Medtronic’s Heli-FX EndoAnchor system

Medtronic has announced data demonstrating that the company’s Heli-FX EndoAnchor system enhances outcomes and durability in patients with complex aortic abdominal aneurysm (AAA) anatomy, particularly those who have hostile aortic neck anatomy.

The new data were presented in a series of three different presentations during the 43rd Annual Symposium of Vascular and Endovascular Issues (VEITHsymposium) in New York City, USA.

The findings are based on new sub-analyses from Medtronic’s ANCHOR registry – a global, multi-centre, multi-arm, prospective, post-market registry evaluating the real-world applicability of the Heli-FX EndoAnchor System in up to 2,000 patients.

Data presented for the first time by Bart Muhs, a vascular surgeon at The Vascular Experts in Middletown, USA, demonstrated outcomes in 99 patients who received EndoAnchor implants with the Heli-FX EndoAnchor system along with an approved stent graft during an endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) compared with 99 patients who did not receive EndoAnchor implants during EVAR.

Patients in both arms of the ANCHOR propensity analysis (a statistical analysis of observational data) were matched using 19 anatomical and physiological baseline variables.

After a mean follow up of over one year, patients in the ANCHOR test group experienced:

  • A statistically significant difference in sac regression: A cumulative sac regression was 28.6% in EndoAnchor implant group, and 20.3% in the non-EndoAnchor implant group (p=0.017).

While not statistically significant, the results also showed:

  • Less proximal neck dilation: freedom from neck dilation was 98.4% in the EndoAnchor test group versus 94.9% in the control group.
  • Encouraging low rates of Type Ia endoleaks (characterised by a poor seal): freedom from Type 1a endoleak in the EndoAnchor test group was 97% vs. 94.1% in the control group.

“This propensity-matched data from the ANCHOR registry shows that the Heli-FX EndoAnchor system improves patient outcomes based on key measures of effectiveness,” says Muhs. “Our analysis reflects real-world clinical experience, and provides the next level of clinical evidence supporting this EndoAnchor system in patients with complex, hostile abdominal aortic aneurysms.”

Additional follow up data up from the ANCHOR registry were presented by William Jordan, professor of surgery and chief, division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA.

The data, based on follow up of 604 patients, showed the Heli-FX EndoAnchor system provides additional security when used with approved endovascular stent grafts in patients with hostile AAAs, according to a company release.

Patients were evaluated in three groups who either received the Heli-FX EndoAnchor System prophylactically at the same time as an EVAR procedure (n= 314), as a therapeutic primary for a Type Ia endoleak occurring immediately after the EVAR (n=123), or as a therapeutic revision during a follow-up visit to treat a post-EVAR complication (n=167).

In all three groups, patients had very short necks, indicative of the hostile anatomy: median neck length was 11.5mm in the prophylactic group and 12.1mm in the therapeutic primary and 10.2mm in the therapeutic revision group. Specific results evaluated by a core laboratory at one and two years for all three groups include:

Favourably low rates of Type Ia endoleaks:

  • One year: prophylactic = 0.6% therapeutic primary = 1.4%; therapeutic revision = 19.2%
  • Two years: prophylactic = 0%; therapeutic primary =2.9%; therapeutic revision 11.1%

Positive sac regression despite the hostile anatomy characteristics:

  • One year: prophylactic = 45.6%; therapeutic primary = 43.1%; therapeutic revision = 16.9%
  • Two years: prophylactic = 61.2%; therapeutic primary = 51.4%; therapeutic revision = 37.9%

High rates of freedom from secondary procedures:

  • One year: prophylactic = 95.9%; therapeutic primary = 97.9%; therapeutic revision = 84.8%
  • Two years: prophylactic = 92.1%; therapeutic primary = 92.9%; therapeutic revision = 79.9%

High rates of freedom from aneurysm related mortality, which is notable given the short neck lengths:

  • One year: prophylactic = 98.4%; therapeutic primary = 98.4%; therapeutic revision = 96.5%
  • Two years: prophylactic = 98.4%; therapeutic primary = 98.4%; therapeutic revision = 92.6%

“These data further support the added security and durability of the Heli-FX EndoAnchor System we are seeing in clinical practice,” says. Jordan. “With low rates of Type Ia endoleaks and re-intervention rates, positive sac regression and freedom from ARM rates, EndoAnchor implants allow for safe and effective treatment of more complex anatomies, both prophylactically and in conjunction with treatment of a post-EVAR complication, such as a migration or Type Ia endoleak.”

In a related presentation, Apostolos Tassiopoulos, department of surgery, division of vascular and endovascular surgery, Stony Brook University Medical Center, New York City, USA, presented data demonstrating effects of Heli-FX EndoAnchor system on neck dilation. This additional data from the ANCHOR registry characterised several variables predictive of perioperative neck dilation. The analysis showed that after one year, EndoAnchor implants appear to offer protection against neck dilation.