Biography: Vascular Surgeon with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Vascular Surgery, Medical Education, Clinical & Basic Research.
I received my medical degree from university of Crete in 1998 and an MSc in Endovascular Surgery from the Medical School, University of Athens in 2011. My PhD Thesis (1999) focused on the computational simulation of the hemodynamic performance of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. My major scientific and research interest focuses on the computational simulation of hemodynamic performance of abdominal aortic aneurysms and aortic endografts.
After successful completion of basic vascular training in University Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece, I worked in the Vascular Department of St. Bonifatius Hospital in Lingen (Ems), Germany (2010, Directors: Hartmut Goertz, Joerg Tessarek). I currently hold the position of Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery in the Medical School, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece and I serve as Consultant Vascular Surgeon in the Vascular Department of the University Hospital of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis since 2010.
I participate actively in the pre- and postgraduate Academic Teaching of Vascular Surgery as clinical tutor and instructor in doctoral research projects. I have been involved as first author or coauthor in more than 170 scientific publications (first Author in more than 100) indexed in Pubmed and Scopus and in 5 international book chapters related to vascular surgery.
Special Issue Information
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is typically a disease of older males with increasing prevalence after the 6th decade of life and an incidence of 6.5 per thousand person years. 10% of the population older than 65years presents an AAA.
The endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is considered nowadays the mainstay treatment of AAA compared to open repair due to its minimal invasive nature and its lower perioperative mortality and morbidity. The fundamental philosophy of the stent-graft technology is focused on the exertion of a radial force continuously applied by a Nitinol skeleton, over-sized with regard to the diameter of the healthy infrarenal aortic segment. This sealing technology, often coupled with suprarenal fixation mechanisms, carries certain limitations with respect to minimum anatomical requirements of angulation, diameter and length of the infrarenal and iliac sealing zones.
The sealing and fixation mechanisms, the accuracy of deployment and the profile of the delivery devices have evolved rapidly over the last decade with newer endografts recruited to widen the eligibility for EVAR at no cost to safety and efficacy. Moreover, sophisticated and technically demanding endovascular techniques (branched-, fenestrated- or chimney EVAR) were developed to manage pararenal, juxtarenal and thoracoabdominal AAA, while modified designs were introduced to address simultaneously the presence of iliac aneurysms accompanying AAA. However, despite the initial enthusiasm, certain queries remain still unanswered, such as the mid- and long-term clinical success of the newer endografts, the competitive efficacy of fenestrated- and chimney EVAR in the treatment of complex AAA and the management of technical failures of the new endograft designs.
Aim of this issue is to present the current status of endovascular treatment of AAA, describe the technical improvements and modifications of previous and newer endograft designs, compare the critical issues related to the advanced treatment modes of complex AAA and address the challenges to treatment of failures of the new endograft designs.
Prof. Dr. Efstratios Georgakarakos
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