Minimally invasive saphenous vein harvesting.

  title={Minimally invasive saphenous vein harvesting.},
  author={Rohinton J. Morris and Matthew J. Butler and Louis E. Samuels},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  volume={66 3},
BACKGROUND Minimally invasive techniques to harvest the saphenous vein for coronary artery bypass grafting continue to improve and evolve. Smaller cutaneous incisions have been shown to decrease postoperative discomfort and improve healing. We describe a technique involving carbon dioxide insufflation and endoscopic dissection to allow easier and atraumatic dissection. METHODS The VasoView endoscope system (Origin Medsystems, Inc) was used to harvest the saphenous vein for coronary artery… CONTINUE READING