Endoscopic radial artery harvest
The use of the radial artery as a conduit in coronary bypass surgery was first described by Carpentier et al., in 1973 . This initial experience detailed 30 patients, in whom 40 radial arteries were utilized. Short-term results were encouraging with patency rates greater than 90% in grafts 1 to 10 months after implant. However, the radial artery was essentially abandoned when mid-term results (at 2 years) revealed that approximately one-third of the radial artery grafts displayed “severe generalized stenosis” [4, 5]. These results were attributed to traumatic harvesting techniques and the predilection of spasm in the radial artery [3, 5].
KeywordsRadial Artery Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Side Branch Ulnar Artery Stab Incision
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