Aims: It has become apparent that, in comparison to metallic stents, bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) require specific implantation techniques. The aim of this study was to investigate outcomes following BVS implantation using a dedicated strategy for optimal deployment. Methods and results: Four hundred consecutive lesions (264 patients) treated with the Absorb BVS were analysed. All procedures were performed based on the following principles: 1) aggressive lesion preparation; 2) high-pressure post-dilation; and 3) a low threshold for intravascular imaging. The majority of target lesions (74.8%) were type B2 or C lesions. Predilation (97.3%) and post-dilation (99.8%) were performed in almost all cases. The mean post-dilation pressure was 21±5 atm, and the total scaffold length per patient was 53.2±32.5 mm. Intravascular imaging was performed in the majority of cases (85.8%) and, when utilised after post-dilatation, a further intervention was required in 24.5% of lesions. The cumulative target lesion failure rates were 7.9% at one year and 11.6% at two years. Definite/probable scaffold thrombosis occurred in three patients (1.2% at one and two years). Conclusions: Clinical outcomes following implantation of current-generation BVS, in a real-world population with a high prevalence of complex lesions, were acceptable when utilising our optimised implantation strategy.
- Bioresorbable scaffold
- Coronary artery disease
- Percutaneous coronary intervention
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine