Feasibility and 1-Year Outcomes of Subintimal Revascularization with SuperaVR Stenting of Long Femoropopliteal Occlusions in Critical Limb Ischemia

The “Supersub” Study

Luis M. Palena MD, Larry J. Diaz‐Sandoval MD, Enrico Sultato, Cesare Brigato, Alessandro Candeo RT, Enrico Brocco MD, Marco Manzi MD


Stent‐based revascularization of long femoro‐popliteal (FP) lesions has been mainly studied in claudicants and compromised by restenosis and stent fractures. The Supera® stent’s biomimetic design allows enhanced fracture resistance. Data for Supera® stenting to treat long chronic total occlusions (CTOs) in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI), are scarce.


To assess long‐term outcomes of subintimal revascularization with Supera® stenting, for long FP CTOs in patients with CLI.


Prospective, single‐center, single‐arm study of 34 consecutive CLI patients with FP TASC C and D CTOs, who underwent Supera® stenting after subintimal crossing. Primary efficacy endpoint was 1‐year patency and freedom from target lesion revascularization (TLR). Primary safety endpoint was the composite rate of freedom from death from any cause, major amputations, and TLR at a year. Secondary endpoints were stent integrity, clinical improvement, amputation free‐survival, quality of life, and cost‐efficiency.


Mean lesion length was 27.9 ± 10.2 cm. Acute technical success was 100%. Primary patency was 94.1%. Freedom from TLR was 97.1%. Limb salvage was 100%. Clinical improvement was observed in 100% of patients: TCPO2 increased from 12.7 ± 6.2 to 54.8 ± 8.4 mm Hg (p < 0,0001); and 100% of patients experienced a shift in Rutherford to class 0 (p < 0.0001). There were no stents fractures. Amputation free‐survival was 82.4%.


Subintimal revascularization with Supera® stenting in CLI patients with long FP occlusions, is feasible and superior to validated efficacy performance goals. Larger multicenter studies are needed to validate the safety and efficacy of this novel alternative approach.

© 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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