Heart, Lung and Circulation
Abstract| Volume 20, ISSUE 4, P253, April 2011

Endoscopic Vein Harvesting: Is There a Learning Curve Effect on Patient Outcomes?

      Objective: Recent literature has raised questions about the quality of vein conduit harvested endoscopically and its potential negative impact on medium term survival. The possibility of a learning curve has been sited as an explanation. In October of 2007, our unit commenced endoscopic vein harvest (EVH) of conduits for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). We present data on our initial patients who had EVH in our institution and compare them to a matched cohort.
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