Aims: The objective of this study was to describe and evaluate the adjunctive technique of Angio-Seal (AS) use to augment the dual Perclose ProGlide (PP) in achieving haemostasis in patients undergoing transfemoral percutaneous transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
Methods and results: All patients who underwent TAVR from May 2007 to January 2015 via a planned transfemoral percutaneous approach with a dual PP pre-close strategy were retrospectively analysed. This cohort was divided into two groups: dual PP versus dual PP with adjunctive AS (PP+AS) use based on the specific status of intraprocedural haemostasis. The baseline and procedural characteristics and in-hospital outcomes were prospectively collected and retrospectively compared. Overall, a total of 387 consecutive patients (55% male, mean age 83 years) with dual PP (n=179) vs. dual PP+AS (n=208) were evaluated. There were no statistically significant differences between the dual PP vs. dual PP+AS groups with regard to the in-hospital Valve Academic Research Consortium-2 (VARC-2) primary endpoints of major vascular complications (8.0% vs. 6.6%, p=0.592), minor vascular complications (18.4% vs. 13.7%, p=0.218), life-threatening or disabling bleeding (5.1% vs. 3.0%, p=0.291), major bleeding (1.7% vs. 1.5%, p=1.000), and minor bleeding (14.4% vs. 10.6%, p=0.271).
Conclusions: The adjunctive Angio-Seal technique to augment the dual PP pre-close strategy for patients undergoing percutaneous femoral closure following TAVR is feasible and safe and may be considered as a bail-out or an alternative strategy when the dual PP closure technique fails to obtain complete haemostasis.