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New Vein Procedure for Coronary Bypass Patients
July 3, 2013  | 

Sioux Falls, SD –Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls now offers a new, less-invasive approach to harvest the radial artery for coronary bypass patients, using a scope to minimize scarring and accelerate recovery time.

Typically, the vein used for the bypass grafts is removed from the inside of the leg through a long incision that extends from the ankle to the groin. This traditional method leaves not only a long, visible scar, but some patients have experienced more pain from the incision in the leg than the bypass incision in the chest.

This new method of endovascular vein harvesting (EVH) uses a scope to remove the radial artery from the arm or leg through one to three small incisions, each extending 1 to 2 inches long. Once the vein is removed, it is cauterized to reduce bleeding.

Sanford Heart Hospital is the only program in the region that offers this technology for EVH.

Verlyn Nykamp, M.D., Thoracic Surgery“Endoscopic vein harvesting is going to benefit our patients by providing a faster recovery with fewer complications and less postoperative pain,” said Verlyn Nykamp, MD, of Sanford Heart Hospital. “We strive to make advancements that will be better for patient care, and this less-invasive procedure is one of Sanford’s many advancements offered in the past year.” 

This new procedure offers many benefits to patients, including minimal pain, reduced length of stay in the hospital, a decreased chance of infection, less leg swelling and quicker healing of the leg to allow the patient to start cardiac rehab earlier. This procedure is especially beneficial to diabetics and those with poor circulation. Continue>

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