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Endoscopic Vein Harvesting

Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery often have their saphenous veins harvested, or removed, from their legs.

The body contains an extensive system of both superficial and deep veins. The saphenous vein, which is used during bypass surgery, is a superficial vein. Once it is removed, blood is rerouted to the deeper venous system in the leg. For this reason, venous blood flow in the leg is not compromised in any way after removal of the saphenous vein.

After the vein is removed, it is used as a graft on the heart to bypass the blocked coronary arteries and to restore blood flow to the heart. An innovative approach to harvest the saphenous vein exists for most patients. The vein can be removed through a small 2-cm incision. To remove the vein with such a small incision, a camera is used to view the vessel on a video monitor.

This procedure reduces healing time and pain and makes it possible for patients to walk with less pain and to recover faster. In addition, the patients are left with only 2-cm scars on their legs.

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