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PurposeThe saphenous vein is the most commonly used bypass conduit for coronary surgery. Endoscopic harvesting techniques are associated with significant reduction of wound complications but are time-consuming and expensive. The authors developed a device to perform minimally invasive harvesting of the saphenous vein—rapidly, inexpensively, and safely.DescriptionPatients hospitalized for isolated CABG (n = 134) participated in the study. Each vein had been harvested through the use of our minimally invasive system.EvaluationThe veins were harvested in 130 cases; 378 vein samples were collected for pathology study, with complete integrity of the vein as the result of the “no touch” technique with the device. This integrity could be very important for the long-term patency of the vein graft. After surgery, there were no wound dehiscences, infections, or major hematomas. There was 1 case (0.76%) of …
SAGE Publications
Publication date: 
1 Jul 2007

Giuseppe D'Arrigo, Gaetano Mauceri, Marco Mudanò, Antonio Scolaro, Filippo Fraggetta, Giuseppe Grasso, Alberto Lomeo

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Volume: 2 Issue: 4 Pages: 205-208