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September 2019

Group of medical staff jpeg (Back) Medtronic’s Anita Gionis and Phil Mcauliffe, clinical nurse specialist Zhangzhi Low, vascular surgeons David Goh, Arne Schwindt and Nathaniel Chiang, theatre techs Ibrahim Nayman and Earl Buensuceso, operating theatre nurse unit manager Ajimon Joy, Philips Healthcare’s Liliane Rusek, angiography supervisor Scott Hanslow, (front) clinical nurse specialist Belinda Bui, registered nurse Pinar Peler, vascular registrar Judy Wang and clinical nurse specialist Melissa Rigos.

Northern Health hosts international vascular surgeon

Northern Health’s vascular surgery unit has hosted a workshop with German expert Arne Schwindt.

The workshop introduced new techniques and technologies for the treatment of type two endoleaks – leaks that can happen after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).

Traditionally, these cases have been referred to the interventional radiology department but, increasingly, this has become part of a vascular surgeon’s skill set.

‘It’s an excellent skill for vascular surgeons, as it leads to more familiarity with micro catheters and complex endovascular work,’ said Northern Health vascular surgeon David Goh.

The case undertaken during the workshop involved an endoleak from a patient that had an EVAR in 2017.

The aortic aneurysm sac was increasing in size, necessitating treatment.

Dr Schwindt guided two vascular surgeons in obtaining access to – and fixing – the leak using micro catheters.

Dr Schwindt has had vast experience with endovascular surgery, in particular with the treatment of complex endoleaks.

He is one of the more experienced surgeons in this field.

‘The workshop was attended by the entire vascular surgery unit and the case was performed successfully under the guidance of Dr Schwindt,’ Dr Goh said.

‘With the experience and knowledge gained from the workshop, the vascular surgery team now has the skills to fix endoleaks and work in concert with the interventional radiologists.

‘Going forward, the vascular team feels confident in expanding this new skill set and offering this treatment,’ Dr Goh said.