Contemporary practice and technical aspects in coronary intervention with bioresorbable scaffolds: a European perspective

EuroIntervention. 2015 May;11(1):45-52. doi: 10.4244/EIJY15M01_05.


Aims: Next to patient characteristics, the lack of a standardised approach for bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) implantation is perceived as a potential explanation for the heterogeneous results reported so far. To provide some guidance, we sought to find a consensus on the best practices for BVS implantation and management across a broad array of patient and lesion scenarios.

Methods and results: Fourteen European centres with a high volume of BVS procedures combined their efforts in an informal collaboration. To get the most objective snapshot of different practices among the participating centres, a survey with 45 multiple choice questions was prepared and conducted. The results of the survey represented a basis for the technical advice provided in the document, whereas areas of controversy are highlighted.

Conclusions: Consensus criteria for patient and lesion selection, BVS implantation and optimisation, use of intravascular imaging guidance, approach to multiple patient and lesion scenarios, and management of complications, were identified.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Absorbable Implants / trends*
  • Consensus
  • Coronary Artery Disease / diagnosis
  • Coronary Artery Disease / therapy*
  • Diagnostic Imaging / trends
  • Europe
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Hospitals, High-Volume / trends
  • Humans
  • Patient Selection
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention / adverse effects
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention / instrumentation*
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention / trends*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / trends*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome