2015
DOI: 10.1186/s13019-015-0353-3
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Abstract: BackgroundWe compared wound complications between endoscopic and open great saphenous vein harvesting for coronary artery bypass surgery.MethodsA total of 228 consecutive patients were prospectively randomized into two groups: open vein harvesting (OVH), 115 patients; and endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH), 113 patients. Each group was assessed for post-operative wound complications, pain intensity, and neuropathy in the early post-surgical period. Lymphoscintigraphy of the lower limbs as well as morphological s… Show more

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“…Initial studies reported a near doubling of mortality 18 months after CABG with endoscopically harvested saphenous vein conduits when compared with open vein harvest [14]. Subsequent angiographic studies of patency rates and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) assays of intimal integrity have disputed these conclusions [2,11,15]. Davis et al analysed the long-term (approximately 3 years) patency of vein grafts using contrast-enhanced electron beam CT and showed that graft patency rate of endoscopically harvested veins was better than that of traditionally harvested veins [16].…”
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“…Initial studies reported a near doubling of mortality 18 months after CABG with endoscopically harvested saphenous vein conduits when compared with open vein harvest [14]. Subsequent angiographic studies of patency rates and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) assays of intimal integrity have disputed these conclusions [2,11,15]. Davis et al analysed the long-term (approximately 3 years) patency of vein grafts using contrast-enhanced electron beam CT and showed that graft patency rate of endoscopically harvested veins was better than that of traditionally harvested veins [16].…”
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“…EVH also eliminates the need for long leg incisions and increases patient satisfaction [4]. However, before there is widespread general acceptance of endoscopic techniques doubts about its impact on the integrity, quality of the conduit and long-term graft patency need to be addressed [2].…”
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“…1,2 Numerous comparisons between EVH and open vein harvest (OVH) of the GSV have been performed for coronary artery bypass, with reports of comparable patency rates and fewer wound complications. [2][3][4][5][6] As the preferred conduit for infrainguinal bypass, 7,8 outcomes for OVH vs EVH of GSV have also been investigated in the vascular surgery literature. Initially, reports showed outcomes that paralleled much of the coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) literature, with comparable patencies of OVH and EVH vein graft.…”
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