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The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery 2005 October;46(5):509-14

language: English

Harvest of the radial artery: technique of the skeletonization and pedicle preparation

Rukosujew A., Hoffmeier A., Rothenburger M., Löher A., Etz C., Ghezelbash F., Scheld H. H., Schmid C.

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, University Hospital, Muenster, Muenster, Germany


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Nowadays, radial artery grafts play a significant role in coronary artery revascularization, however, harvesting techniques are not standardized. We developed various surgical techniques for radial artery harvesting considering the anatomic landmarks of the foramen, including conventional surgery (with scissors and clips) and procedures with ultrasonic scalpel and retrieving the radial artery graft in a pedicle or in a skeletonized manner.

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