Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting with Vasoview Systems can improve patient outcomes due to:
- A less-invasive 2 cm (1 inch) incision
- Significantly less risk of infection and wound complications 
- More rapid recovery and far less postoperative pain 
- Improved patient satisfaction 
- Efficient harvest of either saphenous vein or radial artery
The integrated system tools provide efficiency and ergonomics for high quality conduit harvesting of the saphenous vein and radial artery. The technology within this system allows for proximal and distal CO2 insufflation and includes Bisector Bipolar Ligating Forcep tips for highly hemostatic cauterization and ligation.
With handle controls and bundling of cables to eliminate wrapping or tangling, the streamlined design is easy to use and may help to shorten the learning curve as well as duration of the procedure.
Simplified and larger Bisector rotating carriage, as well as a large profile cutting toggle and C-Ring slider
Designed to facilitate easy operation
Original, stream-lined dissection tip
Bisector bipolar ligating forceps
Designed to provide highly hemostatic cauterization, increased extension, and full 360º rotation for superior flexibility and maneuverability
Designed to create clear, long tunnel views, using innovative focal distal insufflation for further-reaching visualization
Intuitive handle design
Built in ergonomically designed controls are easy to use and provide excellent maneuverability
Simplified attachment system
Cables consolidated into single bundle
7 mm Extended Length Endoscope and Dissection Tip
The 7 mm Extended Length Endoscope with Dissection Tip is indicated for visualization of a surgical cavity and dissection in endoscopic procedures and other minimally invasive surgical procedures allowing access for vessel harvesting, and is primarily indicated for patients undergoing endoscopic vessel harvesting for arterial bypass.
Extremity procedures include tissue dissection/vessel harvesting along the saphenous vein for use in coronary artery bypass grafting and peripheral artery bypass or radial artery for use in CABG.
EVH stands for Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting. During a Coronary Bypass procedure, one or more healthy blood vessels will be taken (or “harvested”) from the patient’s leg, arm or chest to be used as “new” vessels for bypass grafts. There are three techniques for harvesting a vessel from the arm or leg for a CABG procedure: open, bridging and EVH. EVH uses special instruments to view and remove a blood vessel with less trauma to the vessel or to surrounding tissues than bridging or an “open” procedure.
In the past, one long incision was made from the ankle to the groin; this procedure is called an open procedure. It is highly invasive, often caused patients more pain than their chest incision, and resulted in a long scar.
An alternative, less invasive technique to the open procedure is called “bridging”. Bridging enables harvesters to gain access to the saphenous vein through three or four smaller incisions of about three inches each.
EVH is minimally invasive and uses special instruments to view and remove the blood vessel. EVH usually requires one small incision about 2 cm long. The EVH procedure is performed at the beginning of heart surgery and can be used for the following vessels:
- The greater saphenous vein, which runs the length of the leg
- The radial artery, which runs from the wrist to the elbow in the arm
Benefits of EVH
There is generally little patient discomfort from endoscopic vessel harvesting, especially when compared to open or bridging procedures. In clinical studies, some important benefits have been shown in EVH including:
Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting System
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