Journal article

Technical Aspects of the Use of the Radial Artery in Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Mario Gaudino, Stephen Fremes, Thomas A Schwann, James Tatoulis, Matthew Wingo, Robert F Tranbaugh

The Annals of Thoracic Surgery | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The radial artery has been used for coronary artery bypass surgery for more than 25 years. The recent confirmation of the clinical benefits associated with the use of the artery is likely to drive a new interest toward this conduit in the next few years. METHODS: A group of surgeons with extensive experience in the systematic use of the radial artery summarize here the key technical aspects of the use of the conduit for coronary bypass operations. RESULTS: Preoperative evaluation of the ulnar collateral circulation and attention to the characteristics of the target vessel are keys for the successful use of the radial artery. Open or endoscopic harvesting can be used, preferential..

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