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Endocscopic vein harvesting

What to expect during one of these procedures

When an individual undergoes heart bypass surgery, the vein used for grafting typically is removed from the leg. This removal leaves a second surgery site that is often painful and results in a long scar. However, with advances made in endoscopic vein harvesting, one 2-inch incision is made above the knee. From this small entry point, surgeons use mini-surgical instruments and a mini-camera navigated inside the body to locate the vessel and remove it. The smaller procedure not only helps patients with reduced pain and shorter recovery times, but also looks better cosmetically.

Returning Home

  • Inspect incisions daily for redness, swelling, or drainage. Any change in appearance or drainage should be reported. 
  • Cleanse incisions with an antibacterial soap daily. Wash gently in a downward motion with one cloth per incision; gently dry with a towel. 

This procedure is offered at these facilities:

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