Minimally invasive saphenous vein harvest with the SaphLITE system

A. H. O-Yurvati, Adriane K. Martin, Don Peska

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The method of harvesting the greater saphenous vein (GSV) through a long continuous incision is associated with a number of well-documented wound complications and significant postoperative pain. A randomized trial was developed to examine the outcome of standard harvesting techniques versus a minimally invasive harvesting technique using the SaphLITE system. Two hundred elective coronary artery bypass-graft patients were randomly placed into either a traditional saphenous vein harvest group (control) or a minimally invasive SaphLITE harvest group (study). Postoperative wound complications, patient discomfort, and length of follow-up were studied. Wound complications were greater in the control group compared with the study group (P < 0.025). Patient discomfort was markedly reduced in the study group. The postoperative follow-up was also reduced by an average of 8 weeks in the study group. The minimally invasive harvest of the greater saphenous vein with the SaphLITE system markedly reduced wound complication, patient discomfort, and length of postoperative follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Minimally invasive vein harvesting
  • Wound complications


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