Valley Heart & Vascular Institute - Cardiac Surgery Procedures/Techniques
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Endoscopic Vein Harvesting

During heart bypass procedures, surgeons create detours around blocked coronary arteries using sections of a vein taken from the leg. Accessing veins in the leg has traditionally meant opening up a substantial part of the leg, resulting in prolonged healing and a considerable scar.

Endoscopic vein harvesting is a modern alternative to a lengthy incision. Surgeons at the Valley Medical Group have unique expertise in endoscopic vein harvesting. Virtually every patient receiving cardiac surgery from Valley now benefits from endoscopic vein harvesting.

The endoscopic method requires only a few very small incisions, resulting in quicker recuperation and less scarring, without any compromise in the ability to obtain the amount of vein needed for the bypass procedure.

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