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Amano, J., Kuwano, H. and Yokomise, H. (2013) Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery in Japan during 2011. Annual Report by the Japan Association for Thoracic Surgery. General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 61, 576-607.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11748-013-0289-2

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  • TITLE: Morbidity of Open Saphenous Vein Harvesting after Preoperative Ultrasonic Mapping

    AUTHORS: Susumu Isoda, Tamizo Kimura, Katsunori Tanaka, Kenji Nishimura, Nozomu Yamanaka, Shin-ichi Taguchi, Keiji Uchida, Norihisa Karube, Kiyotaka Imoto

    KEYWORDS: Saphenous Vein, Ultrasonic Mapping, Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Thoracic Surgery, Vol.5 No.1, February 28, 2015

    ABSTRACT: Preoperative echography of a saphenous vein graft (SVG) was studied. In 58 cases of consecutive coronary artery bypass grafting, 31 patients underwent SVG echography. Preoperative assessment revealed vein caliber, branching, or varicose saphenous veins. The location of the saphenous vein was marked. Saphenous veins were harvested by the open harvest technique, and the caliber of the veins and the availability of the anastomosis device were recorded. Postoperative morbidity was recorded. Preoperative findings revealed that four (6.5%) of 62 femoral saphenous veins were estimated as “not graftable” because of being a varicose vein or having a small caliber. Seven of 32 lower saphenous veins were estimated as “not graftable”. The mean discrepancy of the caliber was 0.6 mm undersized with preoperative estimation. During harvesting, one of 31 patients had a wrong marking. We were able to use all harvested veins. The morbidity of saphenous harvesting was observed in two (6.5%) of 31 patients. One patient whose marking was wrong had minor skin necrosis. Another patient experienced a hematoma because of the excess effect of warfarin. Preoperative ultrasonic mapping of the saphenous vein reduced useless harvesting, provided information concerning anastomosis device availability, and seemed to reduce morbidity because dissection can be minimal.