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Endoscopic Radial Artery Harvesting During Anesthesia Line Placement Reduces the Time and Cost of Multivessel Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
Hanjay Wang, MD; Mary S. Bilbao, PA-C; Shari L. Miller, PA-C; Christian T. O'Donnell, MD; and Jack H. Boyd, MD
Endoscopic radial artery (RA) harvesting performed concurrently with internal mammary artery takedown and endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting creates a crowded and inefficient operating room environment. We assessed the effect of a presternotomy RA harvest strategy on surgery time and costs.
"This surgery went very smoothly, and the patient had a really good recovery," said MacArthur, who added that he loves doing this type of procedure because of the quick and dramatic improvement in his patients. "It’s challenging, but it’s very rewarding to see somebody who can’t breathe comfortably, or not well at all, go home and not need any supplemental oxygen."