Bioresorbable scaffolds represent a promising new technology in the field of percutaneous coronary interventions. The concept of the eventual resorption of the scaffold pertains to multiple theoretical advantages that may hold true particularly in bifurcation lesions - no permanent caging of the coronary artery, avoidance of acquired device malapposition and delayed hypersensitivity reactions, no permanent metallic stent protrusion in the main branch, etc. The worldwide experience with the use of bioresorbable scaffolds is limited. In our experience of selected bifurcation lesions, a provisional approach using one-scaffold has excellent results. Two-scaffold techniques appeared feasible. Our data support the exploration of the use of bioresorbable scaffolds in more challenging coronary substrates like bifurcations. Prospective registries and ideally randomised trials should assess whether the theoretical benefits of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) in bifurcation lesions can produce sustainable good clinical outcomes.

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Interventional Cardiology (London)
Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

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