An Endoscopic Subcutaneous Dissector for Obtaining Vein Grafts.
Recent improvements in internal mechanical retractors have resulted in a commercially available endoscopic subcutaneous dissector that has an inverted pistol grip for ease of retraction, an end-mounted endoscope channel, and a distal, translucent spoon-shaped shield that maintains the optical cavity. This provides an effective reach that is valuable for the minimally invasive harvest of any long, narrow structure--the greater saphenous vein in particular--as shown in this preliminary study with 2 patients. Such extracted vein grafts taken grossly from above and below the knee appear normal. Long-term histological changes and rates of conduit patency are still unknown. The limited-access incisions necessary for this endoscopic vein harvest definitely are smaller, and can be oriented transversely to minimize further the disfigurement from any resulting scar when compared with traditional methods.
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Hallock, G. G., & Rice, D. C. (1998). An endoscopic subcutaneous dissector for obtaining vein grafts. Annals Of Plastic Surgery, 41(6), 595-599.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty