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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2014 February;55(1):33-40


language: English

Ultra-low profile Ovation device: is it the definitive solution for EVAR?

de Donato G. 1, Setacci F. 2, Sirignano P. 1, Galzerano G. 1, Borrelli M. P. 1, Di Marzo L. 2, Setacci C. 1

1 Department of Medicine, Surgery and Neuroscience Vascular Surgery Unit, University of Siena, Siena, Italy; 2 Department of Surgery “P. Valdoni” Sapienza University, Rome, Italy


When Juan Parodi implanted an endograft in a human body for the first time on September 7, 1990 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the delivery system of the handmade device was primitive, extremely rigid, and had a bulky profile of 27 French (F). Since then, stent-graft technology has evolved rapidly, limitations of earlier-generation devices have been overtaken, and endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) eligibility has increased enormously. Nevertheless (still) challenging aortoiliac anatomy such as short and complex proximal aortic neck seal zones and narrow access vessels are responsible for EVAR ineligibility in up to 50% of cases. The Ovation Prime abdominal stent-graft system (TriVascular, Inc., Santa Rosa, CA, USA) is a trimodular device designed with the aortic body delivered via a flexible, hydrophilic-coated, ultra-low profile catheter (14-F outer diameter - OD). The aortic body is provided with a suprarenal nitinol stent with anchors that provide active fixation, while a network of rings and channels that are inflated with a low-viscosity radiopaque polymer during stent-graft deployment, provides effective sealing. The previous EVAR technology aimed to both anchor and seal using stents combined with fabric, with neither optimized for their roles and each forced to compete for the same space within their delivery catheters, which inevitably led to larger profile of the delivery system. The technical revolution of the Ovation endograft includes the idea to truly uncouple the stages of stent-graft fixation and seal during the procedure. In the Ovation endograft platform, stent and fabric are not competing the same space within the delivery system and an ultra-low profile delivery can be achieved without compromise. With such a low-profile delivery catheter, approximately 90% of men and 70% of women with abdominal aortic aneurysm have access vessel diameters considered fit for endovascular repair. The aim of this review paper was to analyze the main properties of Ovation endograft, to emphasize the advantage of the ultra-low profile device, and to sum up current literature.

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