Year : 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 481--488

Novel no touch technique of saphenous vein harvesting: Is great graft patency rate provided?


Nikolaos A Papakonstantinou1, Nikolaos G Baikoussis3, John Goudevenos2, George Papadopoulos3, Efstratios Apostolakis4 
1 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Ioannina, School of Medicine, 45500 Ioannina; Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, General Hospital of Athens "Evangelismos'', Athens, Greece
2 Department of Cardiology, University Hospital of Ioannina, School of Medicine, 45500 Ioannina, Greece
3 Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital of Ioannina, School of Medicine, 45500 Ioannina, Greece
4 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Hospital of Ioannina, School of Medicine, 45500 Ioannina, Greece

Correspondence Address:
Nikolaos A Papakonstantinou
MD, Zilon 12, Rizoupoli 11142, Athens
Greece

Coronary artery bypass grafting surgery effectively relieves signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia. The left internal thoracic artery (LITA) graft is the gold standard having 90-95% patency rate at 10 years, whereas only 50% of saphenous vein (SV) grafts are patent at 10 years. However, there is a novel DQno touchDQ technique in order to harvest an SV complete with its cushion of surrounding tissue, thus maintaining its endothelium-intact. Significantly superior short- and long-term graft patency rates comparable to LITA grafts can be achieved. Consequently, the SV may be revived as an important conduit in coronary artery bypass surgery.


How to cite this article:
Papakonstantinou NA, Baikoussis NG, Goudevenos J, Papadopoulos G, Apostolakis E. Novel no touch technique of saphenous vein harvesting: Is great graft patency rate provided?.Ann Card Anaesth 2016;19:481-488


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Papakonstantinou NA, Baikoussis NG, Goudevenos J, Papadopoulos G, Apostolakis E. Novel no touch technique of saphenous vein harvesting: Is great graft patency rate provided?. Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Sep 22 ];19:481-488
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