Athanasios Saratzis

Based in the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (Leicester Vascular Institute) as Associate Professor of Vascular Surgery and Honorary Consultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgery. Supported by an NIHR Advanced Fellowship. Main clinical interest: complex endovascular aortoiliac and PAD reconstruction. Research interests: cardiovascular optimisation, organ protection, renal injury, and clinical trials.
  • Function: Consultant
  • Speciality: Vascular Surgery
  • Country: GB
  • Working place: Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, GB


Comment on Oct 24, 2020

Athanasios Saratzis replied to your comment on presentation VascupediaVIEWS AAA Course Episode 5: EVAR – Challenging “Renal Patient”.

»Indeed! Interesting publication which shows that stenting 4mm accessory renals when the neck is adequate is feasible. The definition of what is a "clinically relevant" accessory renal remains arbitrary though. The only way to assess what constitutes "clinically relevant" in terms of accessory renal preservation in EVAR would be randomisation; however, given how rare this clinical scenario is, we would really struggle to achieve power. I think it's a case by case judgement call... definitions will probably remain arbitrary & driven by expert opinion in this setting. To add to the complexity, assessing % of renal parenchyma supplied by a certain artery is really not very easy or accurate pre-operatively. An interesting area for future research!«
Comment on Oct 13, 2020

Konstantinos Donas commented on presentation VascupediaVIEWS AAA Course Episode 5: EVAR – Challenging “Renal Patient”.

»Thank you Dr. Beropoulis and Dr. Saratzis for the nice overview! Regarding the mentioned lack of evidence in accessory renal arteries, I would like to use the opportunity and mention the study from Dr. Abu Bakr who recommended the use of chimney grafts in ARAs which supply one-third of the renal parenchyma, and having a diameter >4 mm. The work was published in JEVT in 2016 and represents as you know, dear Efthymios, our general practice in my previous Hospital in St. Franziskus Hospital in Münster for those patients. Thank you again and best regards.«

1st weekly update of the COVER COVID-19 project – by the Vascular and Endovascular Research Network.

The Vascular and Endovascular Research Network (VERN) have set up an international project (COVER study) to assess the impact of COVID-19 on vascular services/practice. The first part of this project involves a rolling survey which describes the per unit practice in these unprecedented circumstances. Please fill in the survey every week during the pandemic to allow vascular doctors worldwide understand how our specialty is changing because of COVID-19:

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