Journal article

Is endoscopic radial artery harvesting open for business?

N Bryce Robinson, James Tatoulis, Mario Gaudino

JOURNAL OF CARDIAC SURGERY | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

With the resurgence of the radial artery in coronary artery bypass grafting, the debate on the optimal harvesting technique continues. Here, we comment on a randomized series in which the authors conclude that endoscopic harvesting techniques offer the benefit of improved cosmetic outcomes and decreased neurological complications with comparable graft-related outcomes when compared with open harvesting. We conclude that although this study is well designed and conducted, there are several areas of concern including surgical technique and statistical power.