Lombard Medical completes first Altura live case training workshop for German physicians


Lombard Medical has completed its first Altura Endovascular Stent Graft Live Case Physician Training Workshop. The programme and live case were led by Dainis Krievins, Professor and Department Head of Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at the Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital in Riga, Latvia.

The workshop was attended by physicians from various abdominal aortic aneurysm implantation centres throughout Germany. Market estimates indicate that Germany is the third largest abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft market globally, behind the USA and Japan, with an estimated US$74m in annual implant revenues.

“Delivering the knowledge derived from our broad and successful clinical experience with Altura, over a wide range of anatomies, provides our physician visitors with a deep and rewarding educational experience,” said Krievins. “The interest shown by our first German physician training class clearly demonstrates a desire to learn more about the Altura device solution and interest in adopting the technology in their clinical practice. We have already added several more workshop training meetings in May as interest in the Altura stent graft continues to grow.”

Lombard says that its Altura Live Case Physician Training Workshop is designed to provide real-time clinical experience to physicians who are interested in making the Altura stent graft system a part of their abdominal aortic aneurysm armamentarium. The training workshop includes a technical review of the device, review of the patient selection criteria and indications for use, and the device implant procedure. Physician attendees also participated in a case planning exercise that included patient CT scan analysis, device sizing considerations, and tips and tricks for a successful procedure. These classroom sessions were followed by the observation of Krievins conducting live abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs using the Altura Endograft System.