Endoscopic versus open vein-graft harvesting in coronary-artery bypass surgery.

@article{Lopes2009EndoscopicVO,
  title={Endoscopic versus open vein-graft harvesting in coronary-artery bypass surgery.},
  author={Renato D Lopes and Gail E. Hafley and Keith B. Allen and Thomas Bruce Ferguson and Eric D. Peterson and Robert A. Harrington and R. H. Mehta and C Michael Gibson and Michael J. Mack and Nicholas T. Kouchoukos and Robert M. Califf and John Hunter Alexander},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={361 3},
  pages={235-44}
}
BACKGROUND Vein-graft harvesting with the use of endoscopy (endoscopic harvesting) is a technique that is widely used to reduce postoperative wound complications after coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG), but the long-term effects on the rate of vein-graft failure and on clinical outcomes are unknown. METHODS We studied the outcomes in patients who underwent endoscopic harvesting (1753 patients) as compared with those who underwent graft harvesting under direct vision, termed open… CONTINUE READING

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