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8:30 AM – Registration

Check-in to our Vascular Symposium.

Early-bird tickets available until November 1, 2019. Ticket sales are open: click here.

Regular tickets available from November 1, 2019 until December 6, 2019.

On-site registration available on December 7, 2019.

9:00 AM – Welcome

Welcome to our 29th edition of the Vascular Symposium.

9:05 AM to 10:30 AM – Incisional surgical site infection

Moderators: Geert Lauwers (Genk, Belgium) & Valerie Waelbers (Deurne, Belgium)

  • Surgical site infection: classification, risk factors and prevention
    Annette Schuermans (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Treatment of surgical site infection after vascular surgery
    Lijckle Van der Laan (Breda, The Netherlands)
  • Technical aspects of vascularized muscular flaps
    Zoltan Szeberin (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Prophylactic negative pressure therapy for groin incisions
    Georgios Antoniou (Manchester, United Kingdom)

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM – Coffee break
11:00 AM to 12:00 AM – Diagnosis of vascular graft infection

Moderators: Philip Lerut (Kortrijk, Belgium) & Philippe Remy (Charleroi, Belgium)

  • Definition and epidemiology of vascular graft infection
    Hozan Mufty (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Imaging for vascular graft infection
    Ben Saleem (Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Importance of deep cultures before starting antibiotics
    Rainer Gattringer (Wels-Grieskirchen, Austria)

12:00 PM to 12:15 PM – Hospithera Award

Attribution by Frank Vermassen, President of BSVS

  • Presentation of the winning paper

12:15 PM to 12:30 PM – Quality indicators in vascular surgery

  • Status of the project
    Donna Peerboom (Project Assistant – Leuven, Belgium)

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM – Treatment of vascular graft infection

Moderators: Maxime Elens (Brussels, Belgium) & Frank Vermassen (Ghent, Belgium)

  • In situ versus ex situ reconstruction ; complete versus partial excision
    Thomas Wyss (Bern, Switzerland)
  • Graft materials for in situ reconstruction
    Patrick Vriens (Tilburg, The Netherlands)
  • Graft centric fistulae: stent graft as a temporary or definite solution
    Xavier Berard (Bordeaux, France)
  • Antimicrobial management
    Eric Senneville (Lille, France)

3:30 PM to 4:00 PM – Prevention of vascular graft infection

  • Current strategies to prevent vascular graft infection
    Bas Vierhout (Assen, The Netherlands)

4:00 PM to 4:50 PM – A glimpse into the future

  • Bacteriophages
    Rob Lavigne (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Inhibitors of biofilm formation
    Hans Steenackers (Leuven, Belgium)

4:50 PM to 5:00 PM – Closing remarks