EVAR before, and EVAR after: VEITHtv looks back with the pioneers


Enrico Ascher (New York, USA) interviews endovascular pioneers Juan Parodi (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Frank Veith (New York, USA) about the early days of endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) for VEITHtv. While Parodi recounts his early quest for a less invasive, less morbid, less lethal and equally effective procedure to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm, Veith narrates how his enthusiasm for the endovascular approach was met with stiff resistance. While both pioneers acknowledge that there is still work to be done to ensure that endografts behave as they should in the long-term, they term the draft UK NICE guideline, which recommends open repair over EVAR for patients who are able to tolerate the procedure, as “retrogressive”.

  • The first five cases, from Argentina, were published by Parodi, Palmaz and Barone in Annals of Vascular Surgery in 1991.
  • In Western Europe, the first cases were performed in October 1992 by Parodi, Claude Mialhe, Claude Amicabile and Claudio Schonholz in Nancy, France.
  • In the USA, the first cases were performed in 1992 by Parodi, Frank Veith, Michael Marin, Jacob Cynamon and Claudio Schonholz in New York.

This video was filmed in the VEITHtv studio at VEITHsymposium 2019 (19–23 November, New York, USA)

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