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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2003 April;44(2):223-5

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language: English

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


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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.

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