Minimally invasive vein harvesting

  • I. Schade
  • B. Löwe


In cardiac surgery, different bypass grafts are used, such as arterial grafts (mammary artery, radial artery, inferior epigastric artery and the right gastroepiploic artery) and venous grafts (great saphenous vein). Since 1968, venous bypass grafting has been a standard procedure for coronary revascularization in heart surgery. The use of the great saphenous vein was introduced by Favaloro [6].


Saphenous Vein Great Saphenous Vein Inferior Epigastric Artery Wound Healing Complication Vein Harvesting 
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