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Effect of Endoscopic Versus Open Saphenous Vein Harvesting Technique on Leg Wound Complications
  • Yasser Mubarak
Yasser Mubarak
Minia University Faculty of Medicine
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Background: EVH has become prevalent in recent years due to its reduced morbidity and increased patient satisfaction. We designed and carried out a prospective study of patients undergoing CABG to compare outcomes of open versus endoscopic harvesting technique for great saphenous vein. Two groups of patients who underwent elective Coronary artery bypass grafting at our hospitals between January 2018 and October 2020 were included. Endoscopic vein harvesting group (50 patients) was performed endoscopic technique compared with Open Vein Harvesting group (50 patients) was performed open surgical incision for harvesting. Both groups were demographically similar and received identical management. Leg wound was evaluated at discharge, 2 weeks, and 4 weeks for evidence of complications. Early outcomes were compared included, infection, gaped wound and re-suture, pain, satisfied cosmetically and mobilization. Results: Endoscopic vein harvesting group had increased harvest time and decreased incision closure time when compared with Open Vein Harvesting. The average hospitalization time was 6.5 ± 2.2 days for Endoscopic vein harvesting group and 9.2 ± 2.9 days for Open Vein Harvesting group. In Endoscopic vein harvesting group, no significant hematomas were observed. In Open Vein Harvesting group, hematomas were detected in 2 patients and were surgically evacuated. In Endoscopic vein harvesting group, edema occurred less frequently. Infection of the incision location did not occur in Endoscopic vein harvesting group. Leg wound complications were significantly reduced in Endoscopic vein harvesting group in comparison with Open Vein Harvesting group. Conclusions: Endoscopic vein harvesting decreases leg wound complications and increases patient’s satisfaction cosmetically.