Laparotomy after using the gastroepiploic artery graft: retrogastric versus antegastric route.


BACKGROUND Most cardiac surgeons prefer the antegastric route for the right gastroepiploic artery (RGEA) graft. When placed anterior to the stomach, the RGEA pedicle may adhere to the greater omentum, or to the anterior abdominal wall, and may be injured during future abdominal operations. METHODS To avoid this potentially lethal complication, we prefer… (More)


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