Post harvest wound infection and patient's perception: comparative study between radial artery and saphenous vein harvest sites.
Mitsumasa Hata, Jai Raman, George Matalanis, Alexander Rosalion, Meg Storer, David Hare, Brian F Buxton
Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery | Published : 2002
INTRODUCTION: Despite renewed clinical interest in radial artery grafts (RA) for coronary artery bypass grafting, there is a paucity of controlled prospective data on its efficacy. We report on the rate of harvest related complications from a randomized radial artery study. METHODS: Two hundred eighty nine patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 received RA grafts (n=154 patients) and Group 2 (n=135 patients) received saphenous vein grafts (SVG). Postoperative wound problems were assessed using a questionnaire. Postoperative harvest site infections were also carefully documented. RESULTS: In group 1, 6 of 154 (3.9%) patients had harvest site wound infections. Five of them improved by ..View full abstract