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THE JOURNAL OF CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
A Journal on Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery
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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2003 April;44(2):223-5
A simple less invasive method of radial artery harvesting in coronary artery surgery
Ochi M., Hatori N., Yamada K., Saji Y., Tanaka S.
Department of Surgery II, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo, Japan
A simple, less invasive radial artery harvesting technique involving small skin incisions is described. Only 2 retractors, one of which is light-sourced, are required to construct the operating field. Full harvesting can be accomplished under direct vision with a long-bladed low-voltage electrocautery and forceps through 3 small skin incisions on the forearm. The time required for the harvesting is no longer than that of the standard technique. Spasm of the radial artery has not been seen. Esthetic results are satisfactory.