Histologic and physiologic evaluation of skeletonized internal thoracic artery harvesting with an ultrasonic scalpel.

@article{Higami2000HistologicAP,
  title={Histologic and physiologic evaluation of skeletonized internal thoracic artery harvesting with an ultrasonic scalpel.},
  author={Tetsuya Higami and Ayako Maruo and Teruo Higashino Yoshiaki Katayama Toshimitsu Masuzawa Ma Yamashita and Tsutomu Shida and Kyoichi Ogawa},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  year={2000},
  volume={120 6},
  pages={1142-7}
}
OBJECTIVES The safety and reliability of a method of skeletonized internal thoracic artery harvesting with an ultrasonic scalpel (Harmonic Scalpel; Ethicon Endo-Surgery, CVG, Cincinnati, Ohio) were evaluated. METHODS The mural branches of the internal thoracic artery were cut by means of 3 methods, differentiated by distance from the site of application of the Harmonic Scalpel blade to the internal thoracic artery. A total of 15 branches were cut from the internal thoracic artery at (0 mm… CONTINUE READING

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