Endoscopic Vein Harvesting – How Do We Do It?


  • Paulo Veiga Oliveira Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Santa Cruz Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8360-1714
  • Márcio Madeira Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Santa Cruz Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Inês Alves Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Santa Cruz Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Sara Ranchordás Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Santa Cruz Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal
  • José Pedro Neves Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Santa Cruz Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal




The saphenous vein graft (SVG) remains the most used conduit as a second graft in Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).1 Traditionally, surgeons harvest SVG with an open approach, making a long incision along the medial part of the leg or thigh. This procedure can potentially result in important complications, such as delayed wound healing, postoperative pain and infection.2 Thus, less invasive techniques for vessel harvesting have grown in popularity. Endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) is a minimally invasive harvesting procedure, which only requires a short incision, leading to less wound complications and a faster return to normal daily activities.

This article intends to describe how we do EVH technique in our centre, from the preparation of the patient to the postoperative period and share some tips and tricks from our experience.


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How to Cite

Veiga Oliveira P, Madeira M, Alves I, Ranchordás S, Pedro Neves J. Endoscopic Vein Harvesting – How Do We Do It?. Rev Port Cir Cardiotorac Vasc [Internet]. 2024 Jul. 7 [cited 2024 Jul. 18];31(2):11-6. Available from: https://pjctvs.com/index.php/journal/article/view/425



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