Once again a meeting we waited for with such anticipation – the LINNC Seminar Asia 2017 – has come and gone. The enthusiasm and reception we received in Singapore was memorable. The exchange with our colleagues from around the world, and the experience and presentations of our Asian faculty and participants, was fascinating and of great value. While we ourselves offered many lessons – practical take home messages, “tips and tricks”, and insight from our European experience – we learned as well from all our colleagues. Another example of how, through an honest and interactive exchange we all advance in the way we practice: we thank you all.
The seminar approach is an excellent way to illustrate complex procedures and devices, especially in the short time available at these meetings. In Singapore, its efficacy was proven again; the excellent library of pre-recorded cases offers the faculty examples of a wide range of complex clinical situations and allows them to respond quickly to the needs of the audience.
For more details we recommend the excellent daily summaries of the Asia seminar here at LINNC online, but, briefly, using these pre-recorded cases we focused on certain issues such as the treatment of giant fusiform aneurysms, which were the subject of several presentations on day one and two. We looked at specific clinical procedures, such as those involving Onyx, Squid and Phill liquid embolic material and, in addition, the dedicated topic symposia by our industry partners allowed us to explore the use of different devices with recognized experts.
Pre-recorded cases allow us to compare different approaches, looking at the treatment of a particular clinical condition from a variety of strategies and techniques; for instance, in the treatment of bifurcation aneurysms, we compared strategies such as WEB devices, “Y stenting” with braided stents versus laser cut stents or flow diverter stents. The discussion that followed left open the answer of which was the “best” approach, as more evidence is still needed, underlining that the main goal of many of these presentations is to offer our clinical experience and best practice as it exists today.
An international gathering of experts, mixed with our openness and willingness to share experience, allows us all to further benefit from each other and respect the importance – and vitality – of this diversity. After a meeting such as Singapore, we all more fully understand the defining situation of the patient including their cultural make-up; the role of the individual operator or institution, their preferences and experiences; and we confront the fact that certain devices, techniques or procedures might not be available or allowed in different countries thus requiring alternative approaches to our own.
I urge all of you to attend the upcoming LINNC NYC seminar in March 16-17 2018 and take part in the excitement – and practical knowledge – that such seminars provide. In addition to the interaction and exchange that is the hallmark of LINNC, these seminars allow for a more intimate and focused exchange and are the perfect foundation for much broader-based meetings like LINNC Paris.
Don't miss this opportunity to delve into the depths of a particular technique or approach to a specific clinical challenge – join us in New York and help us find the answers. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Jacques Moret & Laurent Spelle
LINNC Course Directors